Francis Gachuri, Hussein Mohamed, Karen Karimi, Salim Swaleh and Dennis Onsarigo

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.

Hussein Mohamed, Dennis Onsarigo, Karen Karimi, Francis Gachuri, and Salim Swaleh

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

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