WE TOLD YOU: Kalinaki Forced Out Monitor


pharm geneva;”>Chimpreports early this week exclusively reported that Kalinaki’s reign would end in May.

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But Kalinaki quickly responded by posting on his Twitter page, describing our story as an “untrue social media report.”

And according to a letter to staff dated April 4, Monitor Managing Director Alex Asiimwe said “Mr Daniel Kalinaki will be leaving Monitor Publications Limited today pending a transfer to Nation Media Group where he has been offered a role as Managing Editor Regional Content.”

Sources say the new position is a demotion, considering that Kalinaki will no longer have a firm grip on the Monitor’s editorial content.

Asiimwe said the appointment takes effect from June 1, 2013 “but Daniel will be proceeding on leave as he prepares for this appointment.”

Sources say Kalinaki was fired after his leadership style tended to sideline the investigations department of the daily, polarizing the editorial structures.

Many in the Monitor newsroom thought Kalinaki was favoring a group of journalists who reportedly “danced to his tunes.”

Articles authored by senior reporters Charles Mwanguhya and Chris Obore were always sidelined.

And more interestingly, Kalinaki had on several occasions clashed and even suspended Wanyama in what was seen as a bitter struggle for power.

Wanyama’s outstanding performance and hard work seemed to threaten Kalinaki’s hold on power.

Kalinaki’s downfall was also expedited by his editorial policy that saw writers mix hatred, tribalism and cynicism in negative articles about the President and First Family which quite often put Monitor and state on a collision course.

It is also feared Kalinaki firmly embraced and believed in an extreme editorial policy with intentions of causing regime change, a reason government officials and the President labeled the daily “anti-government” and “bound to fail.”

Sources further told this investigative website that Monitor management was not impressed with Kalinaki’s social behavior especially his drinking habits which tended to undermine the newspaper’s reputation.

It is also said management was concerned with “disturbing allegations” concerning the sponsorship of Kalinaki’s recent trip to Barcelona.

Wanyama appears headed for a challenging task as the daily struggles to find a middle ground between being “critical” and malicious reporting.

Kalinaki has worked for Monitor Publications for over 10 years having joined as a freelancer in 1998.

He has held several positions with the company including News editor, worked at Monitor Fm (later Kfm) until his most recent posting as Managing Editor- Dailies.

We broke the news on Kalinaki’s exit

However, Asiimwe acknowledged that Kalinaki has executed all his assignments with “utmost zeal.”

Asiimwe does not explain why the man who performed well in his duties is leaving at a time the newspaper is drappling with declining sales.

The MD said Wanyama, who has worked with Monitor since 2008 from the New Vision, will take over the role of Acting Managing Editor – Dailies reporting to the Executive Editor.

“Please join me in congratulating the two gentlemen and in particular give Don all the necessary support in his new assignment to take the Dailies to the new heights we aspire for,” said Asiimwe.


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