I’m certain you have since heard that “our” man at CNN has been let go. I’m talking about Kenyan journalist Jeff Koinange who was one of the few black faces in the international mainstream press. Over allegations that he raped a woman. The woman he was having an adulterous affair because Jeff is married.
The woman who has written a book "A Shining Star in Darkness" and she has been on the run for her life since she testified in the Kenyan Parliament during the Ouko murder investigation and Jeff had promised to get her story aired on the prestigious network. Before he could do that though, they began having an affair that speedily became serious, at least for the single mother of one child.
How the fallout began is yet to be fully explained. Obviously though, Jeff might have decided he was tired of his fling and the woman, Marianne Briner did not take it very well. She revenged in the cruelest way possible. She decided to put an end to his career at the CNN by getting in touch with his bosses about the romance she had shared with one of their leading reporters.
She did not stop there. She opened up a website, a blog, where she began to share with a breathlessly watching and reading world how the romance had begun and grown. "Unluckily" for Jeff, they had been exchanging quite intimate emails throughout their affair and it seems she had never deleted any.
From these emails, there were quite a number of shocking revelations. Like the allegation that Jeff suffers from the venereal disease Herpes and she surmises that this could be the reason why through 8 years of marriage, Jeff had never been able to have a child before. She also alleges that while in London, Jeff may have had forceful sex with her. In effect, that he may have raped her. All allegations of course because it is her side of the story we are getting.
However what must surely have got Jeff fired must be because of how much detail he gave away of how he went about executing his job for the CNN. Talking about the officials he had to bribe in Nigeria to get juicy stories, the maneuvers he had to employ to get stories in Darfur, Sudan where he was supposed to be greatly risking his life. CNN and Jeff do not come out looking so good from these revelations and it certainly takes a major shine off all international media houses that are always preaching high standards and code of ethics to African media houses.
The whole sad affair ends it seems with the two people at the center the losers. Jeff has lost his job and she has lost a lover and her privacy and quite possibly her security. The world will go on, but it will certainly be a long time before these two find their bearings to be able to move on too.