The grapevine has it that long-serving Business Daily ICT reporter – Mark Okuttah – may be leaving Nation Centre for a yet-to-be disclosed location after landing a more lucrative offer.
It’s still not clear whether Okuttah is heading to the competition (either Standard Group, The Star or People Daily), joining a PR outfit (the common practice by most journalists) or moving into the corporate world.
Should the rumours be true, it would deal a big blow to Business Daily’s ICt desk as they’ll have to groom a new person to take over from Okuttah or hire from outside.
Okuttah – who joined Business Daily just after inception in 2007 – has been instrumental in breaking both government and corporate related ICT stories. He’s known to have consistently covered the EASSy and TEAMS cable projects, the controversy surrounding the Orange Telkom Kenya debts, sale and executive appointments as well as Konza Technopolies.
And it’s not only Okuttah who’s said to be leaving Nation Media Group (NMG)as Daily Nation’s business editor Wachira Kanga’ru – who’d a short stint at Safaricom before coming back to former Nation Media together with Washington Akumu – is also said to be heading back to Safaricom.
Others who’ve left NMG’s editorial department in the past include Washington Akumu (went to Redhouse PR) and Peter Mwaura Kimani (joined KCB’s communications department) who’re both working at The EastAfrican and Wangui Maina (formerly a features writer with Business Daily) who also went to Redhouse PR.