The young journalist who was captured on video breaking down while interviewing President Uhuru Kenyatta in Mombasa on Sunday evening has been identified as 20-year-old Dennis Mudi from Kakamega.
A video of Mudi crying went viral and has been shared on the interwebs. Mudi says he was overwhelmed by the presence of the head of state and could not contain his emotions.
On Sunday evening, Uhuru broke away from his security team to mingle with small scale traders who are based at Mama Ngina Waterfront Park in Mombasa. Part of the crowd was Mudi. The President exchanged greetings with him and to Mudi’s surprise, Uhuru agreed to give an unscheduled interview for his online MK TV channel.
The interview was held at the park around 6.30pm on Sunday. Uhuru has been in Mombasa on a low key visit, inspecting projects and his tour has been closed to most journalists.
The video clip shows President Uhuru Kenyatta casually dressed – wearing a cap and a face mask pulled beneath his chin. He attentively follows the tearful ramblings of Mudi, an MK TV channel journalist.
The young journalist had travelled from upcountry to interview small scale traders for his show ‘Hustle mtaani’ which airs on MK TV. The President made an appearance without his security and started mingling with the traders; expressing interest in their wares and greeting them, to the surprise of all.
It was then that Uhuru noticed Mudi with his microphone and seeing that he obviously was not one of the traders, he approached him and started a conversation.