Kanze Dena Quits Citizen For State House

  • Citizen TV Kiswahili news anchor, director, and producer Kanze Dena has quit Citizen TV.

    According to a statement issued by the Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU), the 39-year old journalist is set to be the new Deputy State House spokesperson and also the Deputy Head of PSCU.

    Her new roles will now involve leading the core communications teams at State House including digital, messaging, research, branding and press.

    [caption caption="Kanze Dena with President Uhuru at a past event"][/caption]

    Following the announcement, Secretary Digital Innovations and Diaspora Communications Dennis Itumbi congratulated Kanze on her new appointment.

    "You have our support and we are happy that your appointment makes the team stronger.

    "With your entry Communicating The Presidency just became easier and am sure more effective," Itumbi stated.

    Her appointment is said to be part of a "diversifying the voices from the presidency and focusing the concept of messaging with purpose".

    She is also set to be in charge of the President's brand positioning, media relations and messaging towards delivering the Big Four agenda on affordable housing, manufacturing, food security and universal healthcare.

    Also appointed to State House is Munira Mohamed, 40, who is the new Deputy Head of the PSCU and Head of the Presidential Library.

    Munira will control all broadcast and media productions and lead a team to design and develop the Presidential Library.

    [caption caption="Munira Mohamed with President Uhuru"][/caption]

    This will also involve curating speeches, papers, books, artworks, artifacts and other materials to preserve and exhibit both permanently and temporarily while initially focusing on the legacies of Founding President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, second President Daniel Arap Moi and third President Mwai Kibaki.

    Although State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu remains the overall leader of the presidential communications team, the two women are expected to bring diversity, dynamism and new energy into the PSCU while improving overall media relations with external stakeholders.