Mohammed Ali Jicho Pevu Biography /Profile
Mohammed Ali Jicho Pevu was born on August 4 in Isiolo, the third born of five children, Mohammed Ali Jicho Pevu belongs to the sparsely populated Borana community. He is a Chief Investigations Editor at Kenya Television Network (KTN)
Mohammed Ali Jicho Pevu Education Background
Undergraduate student at Moi University,Bachelor of Science (BSc), Communicationn and public relations
Student at News Link Institute of Journalism, Diploma in Journalism
Primary school student at Thika Muslim Primary School
Mohammed Ali Jicho Pevu Job History
June 2007 – Present: Chief Investigations Editor at Kenya Television Network (KTN)
Radio Salaam, coastal-based radio station
Intern at Pwani FM
Employee at Kenya Broadcast Corporation
Mohammed Ali Jicho Pevu Career as an investigative journalist
He landed his first job at KBC then joined Pwani FM where he worked for nine months without pay until he decided enough was enough. Mohammed then moved to another coastal-based radio station, Radio Salaam, before joining KTN in 2007.
The turning point, Mohammed reveals, was back in 2007 when police brutally attacked Mathare residents who were said to be members of the outlawed Mungiki sect.Little did he know that this was just the beginning of a colourful and rewarding, albeit risky career in investigative journalism. Out of this awakening moment, the popular Jicho Pevu series, which airs on KTN, was born. Moha has since then become a household and permanent resident of living rooms, bringing Kenyans several well-researched and daring investigative exposes.
Mohammed is also passionate about fighting drug abuse. Having watched what drugs can do to young people, Moha is not about to stop blowing the whistle on this sensitive issue.
Mohammed Ali Jicho Pevu Honors & Awards
- Head of State Civilian Award ( HSC ) Awarded by President Mwai Kibaki 2009
- UN Peace Ambassador 2009
- Investigative Journalist of the Year
- Journalist of the Year (2008)
- Kenya Human Rights Journalist of the Year ( HABARI AWARD 2009)
- Brave Reporter of the Year ( Waggalla Massacre 2011 )
- Kenya Change Generation Campaign Award on youth Agenda 2009
- Press Freedom Day Award 2012
- Pwani Human Right Award ( MUHURI 2009/10)
- Character Count Award ( UN ) on Brave Reporting
- News Investigator of the Year 2010
- Most outstanding Media Personality of the Year 2011
- Coast Journalist of the Year 2011.Investigative Reporter of the Year ( Coast Music Awards (2012) Reporter of the Year
- Overall Journalist of the Year ( 2012 Media Council of Kenya )
- Annual media excellence award 2012/journalist of the year from Kenya alliance of resident association (KARA)
- Overall Journalist of the year and Good Governance Award( 2015 Media Council of Kenya)
Mohammed Ali Jicho Pevu Family
Mohammed Ali is married to Rukiya Noordin with whom they have two children.
Mohammed Ali Jicho Pevu Alleged Death Threats
In early 2016, KTN’s Investigative reporter Mohammed Ali Jicho Pevu received a death threat from a self proclaimed powerful Kenyan’ who warned him to stop criticizing the Jubilee Government or otherwise he would be ‘finished’.
The man who identified himself as Robert Wachira warned Mohammed Ali Jicho Pevu to tread with caution and notified him that he had the means and the power to do anything to destroy him.
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However not cowed by the message Mohammed Ali Jicho Pevu shared the message that was sent on his social media page.
The message read as follows,
“Mr Mohammed Ali, you are a young boy, apparently you just married the other day and you now have a son less than one year old. I want to give you a last warning. life is so precious if you don’t know. LEAVE JUBILEE REGIME ALONE. WACHANA NA SERIKALI. WACHA KUINGILIA SERIKALI. UTAUMIA KIJANA.KAMA UNATAKA KUPATA SHIDA UTAIPATA TU. FANYA KAZI ZAKO KWA MAKINI SANA.
SITA KWABIA TENA. KAMA UNATAKA KUWA MWANASIASA JIUNGE NA OPPOSITION NA UNJUE KUNA CONSWQUENCES. YOU ARE WARNED YOUNG BOY. NEVER AGAIN OPPOSE OR CRITICISE GOVERNMENT. YOU CAN GO TO POLICE IF YOU WISH. I CAN EVEN GIVE YOU MY NUMBER I AM VERY POWERFUL. 0721 416582. NINAITWA ROBERT WACHIRA.”
Accustomed to these kind of threats and this not being the first one, Mohammed Ali Jicho Pevu who has previously been quoted to have sworn to die for truth and justice had this to say about the threat.
” VITISHO VYA VITOTO VYA JUBILEE CHINI YA UONGOZI WA KI-IMLA.” Translated as Childish threats from the Jubilee under a dictatorial leadership.
Mohammed Ali Jicho Pevu warned by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery
In January 2016, Interior and Coordination Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has demanded an immediate apology from Mohammed Ali Jicho Pevu and his counterpart Yassin Juma, for misleading information they relayed regarding Mandera mass grave or face dire consequences.
Speaking during a press briefing, Nkaissery dismissed the existence of any mass grave in Mandera or anywhere in the country after an excavation was carried out in the area.
The CS accused Mohammed Ali Jicho Pevu for not being patriotic to his country adding that he had constantly put the security of Kenya at a risk.
Mohammed Ali Jicho Pevu was at the forefront to report about the mass graves that supposedly 12 bodies were found buried. He posted a gruesome photo of the body of a woman identified as Isnina Mohammed, which was found buried in one of the alleged mass graves.
The Interior CS alleged that the woman was a cook for the Al Shabaab at Bulla Hawa, where they were routed by Amisom and the Somali National Army before fleeing into Kenya and started selling tea at a kiosk in Mandera.
Kenyans on Social Media demand sacking of Mohammed Ali Jicho Pevu from KTN
Kenyans online have started an online petition to force KTN’s hand in sacking of investigative journalist Mohammed Ali Jicho Pevu.
This came a short while after Mohammed Ali Jicho Pevu showed his interest in vying for the Nyali Parliamentary seat come 2017 under the ODM ticket.
Mohammed Ali Jicho Pevu interest in politics, something he has been keen to criticize before. This has elicited mixed emotions with a majority of Kenyans feeling that his integrity has been comprised with him taking political sides.
#LetMohaGo campaign was started yesterday in a bid to compel KTN to sack Mohammed Ali Jicho Pevu and have him concentrate on his political ambitions.
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