Gachagua Poaches Standard Group Reporter Daniel Wesangula – Kenyans.co.ke
The Standard Group has yet again been dealt a huge blow after a senior reporter ditched the struggling listed giant.
Daniel Wensangula, a seasoned and dependable journalist, has joined Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s communications team.
Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, an insider at the DP’s office played cagey with the appointment, saying that the journalist may join the team soon.
Negotiations, the insider added, were still underway but at an advanced stage.
“Yes, we hope he would join us soon,” the source closer to DP Gachagua responded.
Wesangula is poised to join former Consultant editor and Columnist at Daily Nation, Njeri Rugene who was picked as the Head of Communication Services in the Office of the Deputy President.
Wesangula has worked with the Standard Media Group since 2013, rising through the ranks from a junior writer to a Senior reporter, a position he held until his appointment to work at the DP’s office.
The Bachelor of Education (Arts) graduate from Kenyatta University has also worked with Nation Media Group, AFP and National Geographic, where he worked as a fixer for the cover story in their January 2017 Issue on Gender.
The Special Projects Writer describes himself as a passionate digital storyteller, filmmaker and success story documentation expert.
Wesangula’s exit from Standard Media Group comes just a day after the resignation of medical journalist, Dr. Mercy Korir, news anchor Sharon Momanyi and seasoned Foreign Affairs editor, Lilian Odera from the Mombasa road-based media house.
Dr Korir has already joined AAR Hospital as its Business Development Manager, while Sharon Momanyi and Lilian Odera’s next moves are still unknown.
Standard Group has lost top talent in the past year, largely because of its financial standing, as it struggles to stay afloat.
The Mombasa Road-based firm is set to lay off after declaring a redundancy notice, blaming its financial crisis on a harsh economic environment.
KTN News and The Standard newspaper are the hardest hit, with the ongoing talent haemorrhage likely to persist.