Kenyan Journalist Jeff Koinange Explains Why He Was Dismissed By CNN

Jeff Koinange has been fired twice in his journalism career. His dismissal from CNN was the most controversial since it made headlines across the globe.

Jeff was fired from CNN because of two allegations. First was his exposé on Niger Delta and second a woman called Marianne Briner-Mattern.

Jeff, then CNN Africa correspondent, ran a story on the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) which prompted Nigerian government to threaten CNN.

The Kenyan journalist was accused of cooking the story to paint Nigeria as the most unsafe place earth. Jeff was finally dismissed from CNN when Marianne Briner-Mattern accused him of fraud and rape.

Jeff opened up about his worst nightmare while speaking on his show on Hot 96. The veteran journalist says CNN fired him even without verifying the woman’s claim.

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The Hot 96 presenter further reveals that his wife was expecting their son when he was shown the door. He says his boss sacked him via the phone while he was driving home.

My boss called me and asked me to pull off the highway (I was driving at the time) and he said ‘Listen man, there is too much crap- too many rumors and I don’t think we can sustain you any longer, we will need to let you go,” says Jeff.

Jeff reiterates that she has never met Marianne Briner-Mattern in person. Watch Jeff Koinange narrate his worst nightmare in the video below:


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