Political Analyst Harman Manyora was on Wednesday, June 24 introduced as the newest member of the TV47 team to revamp the station after the exit of the former CEO Eugene Anangwe.
Mount Kenya linked TV station founder Dr Simon Gicharu, is set to launch a new political show that will be hosted by Abubakar Abdullahi.
Manyora who is the University of Nairobi’s Senior Lecturer in communication and linguistics has also authored several books including Why Things Won’t Work In Kenya, a collection of reflective essays.
News and events analysis in media, creative writing, drama; reading works of art, biographies and autobiographies could be described as his personal list of favourite things.
Manyora having signed a one-year deal to mark his new role as TV47’s resident political pundit, joins a list of like-minded specialists who use television to spark national conversations and debates.
The job of analysing politics has become quite lucrative with the ongoing political activities in the country, with individuals like Mutahi Ngunyi morphing into household names due to their often thought-provoking statements.
Manyora who is not a stranger to controversy has been derided by Kenyans online -often affiliated to the politician the analyst decides to speak on, but it is his out-of-the-box brand of analysis that has set him apart from the ever-growing pool of analysts.
For instance, on May 23, Manyora advised DP William Ruto to shelve his 2022 presidential bid and instead focus on capturing the seat in 2027.
Manyora opined that with the removal of DP Ruto’s allies from key leadership positions in the Senate, it had become apparent that the forces against him were determined to ensure he does not clinch the country’s top seat in 2022.
He advised Ruto’s allies in the National Assembly to take a step back to avoid similar embarrassment, arguing that DP Ruto’s perceived numbers in the house had been proven to be a fallacy.
“So, my friends, when you talk about numbers, you also do not understand politics. Where were the numbers when Waititu needed them most? You said, ooh ODM came on board. Where were the numbers when the motion qualified for debate to remove Kindiki?
“Murkomen, where were the numbers when you were shown the door? Where were the numbers when Susan Kihika was shown the door? Political reality. Where were the numbers when Kindiki needed them most? You need to look at the numbers, the fallacy of numbers is unfolding before your eyes,” he stated.
The impassioned lecturer is currently pursuing a PhD in the School of Journalism and Communication Studies, at the University of Nairobi.
His no-holds-barred brand of analysis is set to ignite political debates on TV47, with the media station gearing to grow its viewership across the country.
Over the past few years, Manyora, has established himself as a tenacious political and current affairs analyst.
As the country gears up for major political realignments ahead of the 2022 General Election, TV47 hopes to stage a political show that will set political agenda in the country.