Popular radio presenter Jalang’o found himself in the eye of a storm on Monday, May 18 after blogger Edgar Obare published several screenshots, allegedly from a Whatsapp group with the presenter as one of its members.
After Obare released details of the group, the next morning saw Jalang’o and Obare feature among the biggest topics of discussion on social media platforms in the country.
Controversy stemmed from the screenshots which alleged that Jalang’o and his close friends have a group where they share images of various women, further ranking themselves based on their romantic conquests.
Kenyans.co.ke reached out to the Milele FM presenter on Tuesday, May 19, seeking to get his side of the story which also elicited concerns on privacy and whether consent was sought before the images were shared.
The presenter’s absence on the morning show he co-hosts with Alex Mwakideu on Tuesday, May 19 had also raised eyebrows, with some questioning whether it was occasioned by the exposé.
Jalang’o asserted that he was fine and doing well, further choosing to address Obare directly without delving into details of the alleged group.
“There’s no problem. Let him (Edgar Obare) keep doing what he is doing,” he stated, with the blogger having previously clashed with the presenter.
Jalang’o has previously stated that there was a hidden hand behind Obare’s pieces which were aimed at tarnishing his name and reputation.
Obare claimed in February 2020 that he feared for his life after receiving threatening calls from the presenter following an earlier exposé.
Obare, who sources his information from his numerous followers, had published a story alleging that Jalang’o, a married man, was engaged in affairs with a string of women.
The presenter, however, dismissed the claims as he maintained that he was focused on his work and family, insisting that the allegations would not blur his focus.
“A blogger wakes up and posts that I called him and threatened him? That he meets me at DCI? I just laugh! From his screenshots, there is someone working really hard to try and tarnish my name.
“I will not even bother asking or following who you are who talks to bloggers and lies to them about me, just malice! pure malice!
“I have a lot on my plate to even bother with you and if you are honest about being threatened you don’t post, you report,” he responded at the time.
In a past interview with Kenyans.co.ke, Obare stated that he took steps to verify the information he received from his followers as some questioned the trustworthiness of such messages.
“It is easy to lie about someone but you have to go to great lengths to make up proof.
“My followers know me, I ask for evidence and they know I can turn against them if they lie. And I also know who they are,” he explained, noting he did not simply post tip-offs from random faceless accounts.
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