Royal Media Services (RMS) chairman SK Macharia privately met President William Ruto at the State House on Tuesday, June 27.
According to sources close to the presidency, Ruto allowed only SK Macharia, a close confidant of Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga, into the meeting.
The President’s friends were taken aback by the highly guarded encounter between the two, especially given that SK Macharia had been accused of opposing Ruto throughout the intensified campaigns leading up to the 2022 General Election.
“I was not privy to the talks, but SK Macharia’s meeting with the President was their personal affair. After all, many people do come to State House,” the source stated.
Soon after the meeting, a photo of SK Macharia and Emmanuel Talam, the Press Secretary of the Presidential Communication Service (PCS), was shared widely on the internet, eliciting a debate.
In a statement to the media, Talam admitted the meeting SK at the State House and said that he snapped the picture with the media mogul out of love and affection for him.
Talam said that SK Macharia, who gave him his first position as a journalist at Royal Media Services, mentored him.
“I only took a photo with him because I knew him from my days at Roya Media Services where I began my career,” SK Macharia stated.
Further, Talam noted that Macharia is a force to reckon with in the media, business, and political sectors.
In the run-up to August 9, 2022, Presidential Election, Macharia supported Azimio La Umoja candidate Raila Odinga.
However, Macharia clarified that his media outlets were independent and would not engage in partisan politics.
“I am exercising my constitutional right to political participation as a responsible and free citizen.
“My political views and preferences are completely independent of my businesses managed by impartial and competent professionals,” SK Macharia stated on Friday, December 10, at the Azimio La Umoja National Convention.