By Felix Olick
Mr Melly was lost for words when he stood up to speak.
He told the staff, “I appreciate your support”.
“I am humbled by the support you have given me during my tenure. I sincerely thank each one of you for the support I have received during my engagement with the Group. I will miss you,” he told the staff.”
But even as he said goodbye, Melly reiterated his most common verse, something that has been key to his heart: Editorial independence.
“That which we have achieved as Standard Group is anchored and inspired by the defence of public interest and independent editorial,” observed Melly.
He urged the management to continue safeguarding the editorial independence and put public interest ahead of everything.
“Because if anyone tries to turn the ship for any vested agenda, those of us and the people of Kenya will see and scream,” cautioned the outgoing Standard boss.
Melly was confident that he leaves the group in safe hands.
He said that his successor, Mr Sam Shollei and the rest of the management team are up to the task to steer the group to greater heights.