Changes at Nation Media Group has seen long time columnist Macharia Gaitho exit the newsroom.
Nairobi News reports that Mr Gaitho, alongside Jaindi Kisero, has opted for early retirement. However, the two will retain their columns with the media newspaper and serve as ‘editorial consultants’.
Mr. Gaitho exits with a historical baggage of sealing objective journalism in Kenya when he led all journalists to pay homage to President Uhuru in the initial stages of his rule. While Gaitho has on several occassions said he doesn’t regret diluting independence of journalists by that single act, he gets offended when reminded that the tour was not worth it.
â€œI wish to announce the retirement of Jaindi Kisero and Macharia Gaitho at the end of August 2015 after a committed and distinguished service to the Nation Media Group. Both Jaindi and Macharia requested to retire early and we have reluctantly accepted their requests,â€ a communication from Editor-in-Chief Tom Mshindi said on Friday.
In the changes, Saturday Nation managing editor Dennis Galava has been appointed Managing Editor, Special Projects and Investigations.
Tim Wanyonyi has been confirmed to the position of Managing Editor, Saturday Nation.
Mr John Agunda, previously Group Training Editor has been re-designated Revise Editor.Â Ms Catherine Wanyama, the Daily Nation Revise Editor, has been transferred to the Business Daily to replace John Kamau.Â Â Edwin Okoth joins the Special Projects team as a staff reporter, while Isaac Ongiri moves to Special Projects team as a Senior Writer.
Mr Ngare Kariuki joins the Special Projects team as a Staff Reporter and Leonard Gushu, a sub-editor on the Daily Nation, has been promoted to Regional Editor, Nyeri.Â Â Mr Dan Otieno, currently Regional Editor Nyeri, has been re-deployed to Nairobi to join the Saturday Nation team as a Senior Writer.