Nation Media Group has done it yet again. The giant media house seems to be pulling triggers on anyone who it deems unwanted along Kimathi Street.
Reports indicate that the latest victims of the unforgiving media house are two established editors, Mugumo Munene and Andrew Teyie, who have allegedly been given sacking letters like stray dogs telling them they are redundant.
Munene has been holding the position of News Editor on Sunday Nation stories while Teyie was an investigations editor.
Mugumo has been one of NMG’s most colourful journalists and his appointment as news editor of the Sunday Nation was seen as reward for nearly two decades of hard work and commitment on the Daily Nation, reports Business Today.
Grapevine has it that Tom Mushindi, the man who has never shied away from courting controversy at will, may have yet again landed on the two editors over a story he never wanted published.
Scuttlebutt says that the Sunday Nation team had a major fall-out with Mushindi after he killed a story that allegedly exposed corruption in the Kenya School of Government.
It’s said the article, which detailed misuse of funds on a staff trip to Mombasa, had already been laid out on the page but Mr Mshindi intervened and had it killed. It is not clear why he took that decision. Eventually, the story disappeared from the Nation news management system, Business Today further reports.
The latest incident once again puts the giant media house at the centre of controversy.
Early 2016, Nation met the wrath of Kenyans and even its own staff when it suspended Editor Dennis Galava after he penned a strong story criticizing President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In his defence, Mushindi said that Galava failed to follow the media house’s editorial policy, and was suspended to pay way for investigations why he drafted the story without involving his colleagues.
Galava, however, denied not following the editorial policy as alleged by Mushindi. He was eventually sacked.
He has since indicated he will be suing the media house and wants a compensation of KSh 400 million for unlawful dismissal.