Homeboyz Radio pulls popular show, suspends Didge for joking about Ivy’s murder
Homeboyz Radio has pulled a show and suspended one of its presenters who on Tuesday night made fun of the macabre murder of medical student Ivy Wangechi.
Didge, a presenter on the popular show, Mtaani, is said to have made jokes and puns about the murder that happened on Tuesday while other presenters laughed. He has since been suspended.
According to Mwass who listened to the show, the jokes were in bad taste.
“WTF is that conversation going on @HomeboyzRadio? How does someone hack the girlfriend to death and you guys are on air making jokes about the situation? Why is Didge making puns about being chopped up and everyone breaking into laughter? F*** you!” tweeted Mwass.
He added: “Didge even went to the extent of telling women to be careful of guys they date because that’s how they might die. ‘UkiDate dereva atakunyonga na seatbelt. Msee wa butchery atakuchinja’.”
KILLED IN HOSPITAL
Wangechi, a sixth-year medical student at Moi University School of Medicine, was killed inside Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret where she was doing her final exams.
The suspect, Naftali Njahi Kinuthia, is said to have hit her with an axe before slitting the throat with a sword.
Now the station has stopped the show for an internal investigation.
“We have removed the show from schedule pending further internal investigation. The presenter in question has also been immediately suspended by the station,” the station managing director made in a statement shared on its Twitter page.
“While the show is off air we will take the necessary steps to ensure that such a lapse does not happen again. This includes strengthening the production and editorial process.”
The MD added that although Mtaani by its nature offers hard-hitting, honest and unfiltered view of the lives of many of its listeners, it is no excuse for “insensitive broadcasting”.
“After reviewing the show recording we have found the comments made to be in extreme poor taste and apologize without reservation,”.