The Standard newspaper’s Managing Editor Dennis Galava has left the media house for greener pastures.
Galava joined the media house on 1st October 2019 for a 3-year stint. Confirming it to be an amicable parting of ways, a well-placed source confirmed his exit with today’s (Thursday) paper being his last.
In a message to the newspaper’s staff, Galava informed them that yesterday ((Wednesday) was his last day and thanked the staff for their work together.
He joined Standard after he had been down the door at the Nation Media Group (NMG) where he was fired under controversial circumstances.
His firing was on account of bold criticism directed at President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2016, through an editorial titled; Mr.President, get your act together this year.
In the editorial piece, Galava addressed President Uhuru Kenyatta directly over how his government had responded to national crises in 2015.
A few days after it ran, the veteran journalist was suspended because he hadn’t “followed the correct procedure” before publishing and his contract was terminated immediately.
“Just been fired over the editorial I wrote in the Saturday Nation on January 2,” Galava announced his unceremonious exit on January 20, 2016.
He later sued the NMG for irregular termination of an employment contract, seeking Ksh425 Million in damages.
After leaving Nation, Galava moved to London where was a visiting research fellow at the King’s College London.
He then moved back to Nairobi in 2017, where he took up the role of Director Media Relations and Advocacy for the African Wildlife Foundation, a position he held until his latest post.
He is highly regarded in the print media industry, mostly due to his vast experience and bold editorial leadership.
He holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Kenyatta University, a Master’s in Peace Studies from Coventry University, a second Master’s in Africa Studies from Oxford University and is currently awaiting graduation for a Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.