Nine years silence yields unexpected comeback to the airwaves –lessons from Joshua Araap Sang Madaraka comeback

Joshua araap Sang
Joshua Araap Sang at a past event/Courtesy

Lucky Dube made in clear that a man’s ‘root’ is the best source of life –going back to my roots. Well this year’s Madaraka day celebrations came to many a surprise as the long forgotten voices were articulated, more so to the lovers of radio.

It all begun here, Friday the 31st of May, when the forgotten journalist and presenter posted on his social media account, ‘Back to my specialty as June opens its doors. Happy Madaraka day to you all.’

Many did not really get the meaning Joshua Araap Sang, former head of operations at Kass FM –a radio station broadcasting in in Kalenjin dialect, was driving it.

It all dawned nine years after resigning from Kass International media, following the International Criminal Court cases against humanity Sang was facing, and the embattled journalist has decided to come back to radio broadcasting.

Emoo FM, a Kalenjing language broadcasting radio channel owned by Mediamax Network Ltd confirmed that Sang will be hosting a show between 6:00 am – 10 am Monday to Friday, starting mid-June.

Joshua Araap Sang with Emoo FM head Daisy Rotino Kibet at DSM place on Monday/Courtesy

“Emoo fm family takes this opportunity to officially welcome on board Mr. Joshua Araap Sang…” read part of a message from Emoo FM head Daisy Rotino Kibet.

Lessons

Mr. Sang also confirmed this on his facebook account saying that he has already reported to work but ‘will be on air in two weeks’ time.’

He has led a silent nine-years-life since he was indicted with crimes against humanity at the Hague. But the 44-year-old has been adamant that life is worth giving.

“If you have more than enough assist..,” declares Sang on a facebook post dated May 28.

After trying out politics in 2017, which did not favour his ‘spirited hand’, Sang did not give up his spirit of hope and faith, building this at the the AIC Milimani church in Nairobi.

ICC cases

The journalist was charged at the ICC following the 2007/8 post election violence, which led to loose of thousands of lives and displacement.

Sang was among the six suspects, commonly known as Ocampo six, but later his charges were dismissed in 2016 due to lack of evidence.

He was charged alongside President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy Dr. William Ruto and among others.

In November 2018, reports emerged that ICC is still pursuing the Kenyan cases, citing pursuit of witness effect to the evidence which resulted to the dismissal of the case.

With William Ruto aiming high at the race to State house in 2022, is Sang comeback meaningful to his campaign strategy?