The Standard Media Group (SG) has suffered yet another blow after one of its veteran journalists, Franklin Wallah, switched to a rival station, days after the exit of its top-notch Editor Denis Galava.

In a surprise announcement on social media, Wallah announced that he had returned to his previous work station K24, of Mediamax.

The 47 Reporters is aware that the crime desk at K24 was on the brink of collapsing after a recent mass firing at DSM place where one, Shukri Wachu (a crime reporter) was part of the team that was shown the door.

Aware of the existing gap, CEO Kenneth Ngaruiya was likely forced to look for an alternative. Sources at the President Uhuru Kenyatta owned media house have hinted that Ngaruiya is reorganizing the house with surprise screen appearances expected in the coming days.

Initially, Franklin Wallah worked for K24 before being poached by KTN news to join budding investigative reporters like Hussein Mohamed and Brian Obuya.

With the exit of Wallah, the investigations desk at KTN News seems to be in limbo because Hussein Mohamed has since left for BBC. As it stands, the KTN News investigations team will depend on Brian Obuya (English) and Sirajurahman Abdulla (Kiswahili).

It is not clear how the two shall manage the huge gap left with existing challenges facing investigative desks globally. Key among the challenges being lack of financing or unwillingness by bosses to invest in investigative journalism because of the fact that this genre of journalism is highly likely to attract court battles.

Brian Obuya being the most senior journalist at the desk is likely to head the desk whose future now seems bleak.

By Henix Obuchunju

Multimedia journalist

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