Veteran journalist Macharia Gaitho is set to make a comeback into active journalism after being rehired by Nation Media Group to boost its political coverage ahead of next year’s General Election.
Gaitho, who retired while serving as Special Projects Editor last August, has been taken on board as a political reporter but on a contract.
Gaitho retired alongside fellow long-serving editor Jaindi Kisero. Both retained their weekly columns in the Daily Nation.
Gaitho said he requested to retire after 15 years of service.
“I cannot say I walk out of the exit door and will not look back,” he said in a letter to Nation staff.
He added: “The good thing is that I am not entirely severing ties with NMG. I will continue to write my weekly column, and in addition to that will be a regular on our pages as an independent editorial content producer. Yes, I aim to show that being a freelancer or correspondent can actually pay, and keep me to the lifestyle that I am accustomed,” he added.
Last December, he produced a series of features on the struggles Kenyans who are duped to travel to China as English language teachers have to put up with after finding out they do not qualify for the jobs after travelling to China and Taiwan.
Meanwhile, Africa Review reporter Gitau Warigu resigned from the position recently. He is now working as a correspondent from Africareveiw.com, the online pan-African portal owned by the Nation Media Group. Gitau is said to have fallen out with his editor over personal issues.