Royal Media Sacks Employees: Royal Media Services has become the latest media house in Kenya to send its journalists packing. This comes two days after MediaMax sent home over 100 employees.
Reports say that the journalists and presenters at Royal Media who have been selected for firing include Radio Citizen presenters Syombua Osiany, John Maloba, Heminigilder Mugeni and popular Hot 96 FM Presenter Nancy Wanjiku Karanja aka Shix Kapienga. Kapienga hosted Drop Zone on Hot 96 FM Monday to Thursday from 7 pm to 10 pm alongside Rapcha The Sayantist. Syombua hosted Pambazuka on Radio Citizen from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m.
Unconfirmed reports have also pointed to a possible firing at the Standard Media Group.
On Sunday night, MediaMax sent over 100 employees packing via SMS. The media house which is owned by the Kenyatta family has become synonymous with brutal forms of firing its workers.
A human resources manager identified as Maureen Wandera sent one of the text messages telling an employee: “I am contacting you with regards to the redundancy notice issued on 21st of May 2020.
The notice period has expired. Unfortunately your position has been affected by way of redundancy. I would like to invite you to Emory Hotel in Kileleshwa tomorrow, Monday 22nd at 8:55am to discuss what this means to your employment. When you get to the hotel kindly ask for me. We thank you for your indulgence and cooperation in this matter.” Royal Media Sacks Employees.