EXCLUSIVE: Kalinaki Quitting Monitor


viagra geneva;”>Impeccable sources have told Chimpreports that Kalinaki has been recalled to Nation Media Group headquarters in Kenya’s Capital, rx Nairobi for a new assignment.

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Kalinaki’s reign at the Namuwongo-based newspaper ends in May.

The timing of this development remains suspicious; with sources attributing Nation Media’s decision to intrigue that has paralysed the internal operations of the daily.

Sources say Kalinaki fell in trouble after it emerged that he had caused the resignation of Executive Editor, David Ssepuuya in 2012.

It is alleged Kalinaki told his bosses in Nairobi that Ssepuuya was “so lazy.” Kalinaki further complained that he was doing the better part of the editorial management work yet Ssepuuya was rarely at his workstation.

Ssepuuya’s situation was aggravated by the decreasing copy sales and skyrocketing defamation suits against Monitor which compelled Nation Media to force him to quit.

But officials in Nairobi have realized that the newspaper’s poor performance on the market was not as a result of Ssepuuya’s “laziness and absenteeism” but Kalinaki’s style of work which has polarized editorial structures at the daily.

Kalinaki has reportedly been feuding with several top journalists at the daily especially Chris Obore, Don Wanyama and Charles Mwanguhya and blocking publication of some of their articles.

“We really don’t know the reason why he chose to harass some of the best journalists whose exclusives would sell the paper especially on weekends. His method of work nearly brought the newsroom to a standstill,” said a source in Nairobi.

Another source said Kalinaki’s harsh stance against government, President Yoweri Museveni and the First Family was making Daily Monitor run into serious confrontations with the State.

This compelled some government institutions to deny the newspaper adverts which in the long run affected the monetary growth of the daily.

The paper’s Managing Director Gitahi Githinji was axed in 2011 following complaints by President Yoweri Museveni to Aga Khan that Monitor was offering overwhelming media coverage to opposition leader Col. Kizza Besigye during the presidential campaign season.

The President further complained that NRM campaigns were being denied similar coverage in the newspaper.

Interestingly, Kalinaki’s reported exit comes hardly a week after news spread that Monitor’s Deputy Chief Sub-editor, Mark Kirumira, was quitting to join Fireworks, a public relations firm in Kampala.

Some of the top shots to leave Monitor in a space of one year include Fred Masiga(Editor in charge of weekend editions), Ssepuuya, Charles Opolot (Upcountry Advertising Manager), David Tumusiime (online sub-editor) and Jery Oluk (advertising, agencies) among others.

Nation Media recently hired journalists Simon Freeman and Charles Odoobo Bichachi in a bid to jump-start the falling copy sales.

Kalinaki was not readily available for comment.


Born in 1980, Kalinaki joined the Crusader, a tri-weekly in Uganda at the age of 18.

A quick Google search shows that when the Crusader closed a year later, he found a home at the Daily Monitor, working as reporter, assistant radio news manager, deputy sports editor, associate editor, foreign news editor, news editor and investigations editor.

Kalinaki holds a BA in Mass Communication from Makerere University, and an MA in International Journalism from City University of London.

He is a winner of the prestigious Chevening scholarship, Sports Rookie of the Year, and the inaugural Tebere-Mudin Award for Journalistic excellence.

Kalinaki’s work has appeared in the East African, the New Internationalist, Africa Confidential, the Weekly Observer, MS Magazine, and on the BBC World Service radio. He also taught journalism part-time at Makerere University. He is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

In 2000, he co-authored with Glen Williams, Joyce Kadowe, and Noerine Kaleeba Open Secret: People Living with HIV and Aids in Uganda. This book, which was published by the UK Charity ActionAid, was the first piece of literature to trace the importance of a candid and open approach to help fight social stigma and discrimination towards HIV and Aids.

According to the Human Rights Report 1999, Kalinaki was assaulted and harassed at the World Press Freedom Day by Ugandan traffic policemen at Wandegeya Police Station. Kalinaki was trying to take a photograph of a taxi (matatu) driver who had knocked a woman and had tried to flee a few metres away from the police station.

Between 2003 and 2004, Kalinaki and The Monitor were twice taken to court by the Ugandan government to stop the publication of two controversial stories: the first detailed allegations that government officials had unduly influenced the constitutional review process, and the second was about a salary embezzlement scam in the country’s armed forces, the Uganda People’s Defence Force.


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