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Kenyans On Twitter Blast Uhuru After His Media Station Fires Employees Over ‘Tough Times’

Kenyans have taken to social media in a show of solidarity with employees of the Kenyatta owned Mediamax who have received letters of termination.

Mediamax is planning to fire more employees in a month’s time, less than a year after it fired 160 employees in cost-cutting measures.

In a letter to the county labor office, Mediamax Acting CEO Ken Ngaruiya says the company has been suffering reduced fortunes due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Though the letter does not give the numbers of those facing the axe, it is suspected that employees who resisted salary cuts and moved to court could be fired.

“The services of some of its employees will be rendered superfluous thereby necessitating the termination of their employment on account of redundancy. In accordance with the provisions of Section .10 of the Employment Act. No. II of 2007, Mediamax Network Limited hereby gives one (1) month’s notice of the intended redundancies,” the letter read

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In September 2019, Mediamax fired at least 160 employees, including top K24 and People Daily editors in another cost-cutting move.

Among those who were sent packing include Job Mwaura, Caleb Ratemo and Franklin Wambugu. Others included; Mwanaisha Chidzuga, Torome Tirike, Tony Timase, Fred Njiri, Anders Ihaji, Juma Bhalo, Ali Mtenzi, Boniface Mutakha.

Among the top employees who could be targeted in the current retrenchment include Print editor-in-chief Eric Obino, TV presenters Betty Kyalo has already left; Anne Kiguta, radio presenter Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o, who led a court battle against the media house. The aforementioned moved to court protesting salary cuts by the employer.

Recently, the media house’s top-most editor Peter Opondo, in charge of editorial functions of print, broadcast, and digital divisions and Head of Commercial Caroline Mwangi resigned in protest to the salary cuts.

Last month,  the Employment and Labour Relations court issued orders temporarily stopping Mediamax from forcing or coercing employees to take up to 50 per cent pay cuts.

The company had declared intention to slash employees’ salaries by 20 to 50 per cent citing adverse effects of Covid-19 on its business.

Mediamax is the holding company of the People Daily Newspaper, Tv stations (Kameme and K24) Radio stations ( Emoo FM, Milele FM, Kameme FM, Msenangu (formerly Pilipili FM), Mayian FM and Meru FM).

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    Written by Paulette Gweth

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