After the 2022 general election, a good number of media personalities ditched the newsroom after landing lucrative jobs with the county and national government.
Just the day, journalist Francis Gachuri left Citizen TV after landing a new job in the Interior Ministry.
Towards the end of last year, another Citizen TV journalist Sam Ogina left for a job in the office of the Majority leader at the National Assembly.
Former Citizen TV news anchor Hussein Mohamed was appointed State House Spokesman while former KTN news anchor Mike Gitonga was appointed Secretary State Functions.
Political leaders often rely on journalists to head communication departments because of their expertise and experience in the field of media and communication.
12 media personalities who recently ditched the screen for government jobs
Sam Ogina (Citizen TV) – Office of the Majority leader (National Assembly)
Francis Gachuri (Citizen TV) – Director of Communication, Ministry of Interior
Salim Swaleh (NTV) – Director of the press service, office of the prime cabinet secretary
Kennedy Muriithi (NTV) - Political advisor, Tharaka Nthini County
Mike Gitonga (KTN) - Secretary State Functions.
Karen Karimi (TV47) - Director of Communications, Kilifi County
Nick Gitonga (CITIZEN TV) - Director of communication Kwale County
Anders Ihachi (K24) – Communication officer, office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary.
Hussein Mohamed (CITIZEN TV) – State House Spokesperson
Charles Odhiambo (RAMOGI FM) – Chief of Staff Homa Bay County
John Nalianya (THE STAR NEWSPAPER) – Head of communications Bungoma County
Dennis Onsarigo (KTN) - Chief of Staff Nyamira County