20 January 2016

Kenya: 'I Was Thrown Under the Bus' - Sacked Nation Editor

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Nairobi — A senior Nation Media Group editor, accused of penning an editorial heavily critical of President Uhuru Kenyatta, was sacked on Wednesday.

It's claimed that Dennis Galava breached established procedure which included having the paper's Editor-In-Chief Tom Mshindi approve the editorial, published on January 2.

Galava, who worked as a Special Projects Editor for the newspaper, said he received his sacking letter on Wednesday afternoon.

"I have been sacked for writing an editorial criticizing the president," he told Capital FM news, adding: "The reasons stated is that I failed to follow established procedure in writing the editorial."

"I didn't do anything unusual from what I normally do whenever writing editorials because there are no established procedures," Galava maintained.

He said he had written numerous editorials before and had them published without getting approval from anyone. "It was not the first time."

"I have written more than 300 editorials for the Nation, in none of them was I asked to consult anyone; this is a case of political and business expediency."

According to him, he first received a suspension letter soon after the editorial was published to allow for investigations.

"I have been away since then until today when I received my dismissal letter."

But he protested that his sacking was not justified "because I did what I have been doing for years."

"Mshindi threw me under the bus because he knows very well that it is not the first time an editorial was published without having to go through the procedure the letter is talking about because I also saw that procedure for the first time in the letter," he said, insisting "no such procedure exist in the Nation because I was not new there."

Capital FM News was unable to get a comment from Mshindi or the Human Resources department on Galava's sacking at the time of publishing this story.

News of his sacking was the talk town on social media where mixed views were expressed, with many saying the matter could have been handled better internally.

Two former editors at the newspaper publicly expressed concern at the action taken to suspend Galava.

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