Here Are The Big Names Fired By Uhuru Owned Mediamax as Over 100 Journalists Sent Packing Via SMS

Shock has gripped the media industry after employees at Mediamax Networks Ltd, owned principally by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s family, were notified of their retrenchment via SMS last night.

Employees unlucky enough to be on the Mediamax axe list were notified of their fates through an SMS on Sunday night by various human resources managers

In one message, human resources manager Maureen Wandera wrote; “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.”

Another message was sent by a HR manager who identified himself as Robert. It must have been a long night for the victims of the layoff as the clock ticked to Monday 8am, when the management begins to engage them over the sacking.

In what is being described in media circles as “a night of massacre”, Mediamax has pushed out over 100 employees in its second round of restructuring in less than a year.

At the Emory Hotel meetings, management says it will be discussing what the redundancy means to those affected, including terminal dues and clearance with the company. Some names had emerged last night and this morning, the list is growing.

This is the second layoff by Mediamax is less than a year. The company says business has slowed down due to the Covid-19 pandemic effects and needs to retrench staff to stay afloat. Insiders, though believe it is using Corona virus outbreak as a scapegoat for internal inefficiencies and mismanagement.

The list includes journalists from People Daily, K24 and the other platforms such as Kameme TV & various radio stations.

1. Tony Kwalanda

2. Mercy Milanoi

3. Sarah Adam

4. Ken Wariahe

5. Bobo

6. Ken Bosire (PD Ag ME)

7. Joel Omoto (PD sports)

8. Nduta (PD magazine)

9. Apopo Mujema

10. Jimmy (K24 business)

11. Fred Indimuli

12. Shiko Mwenda

13. Zacharry Ochuodho

14. James Magayi

15. Shukri Wachu

16. Job Mwaura

17. Rose Gakuo

18. Shon Osimbo

19. Karen Knaust

20. Victor Oloo

21. Apollo Kamau

22. Seth Onyango

23. Munene Nyamu

24. Karen Kibet

25. Douglas Omari

26. Dennis Matara

27. Murimi Mutiga

28. Persia Kinyua

29. Brenda Cheruiyot

30. Caleb Ratemo

31. Joy Kiruki

32. Younice

33. Nancy Onyancha

34. Charity Kiama

35. Alice Nyanjao

36. Patrick Wachira

37. Shadrack Mulei

38. Milcah Ayoslee

39. Sarah Kanyara

40. Dan Kazungu

41. Eric Njoka

42. Eric Ahoy Murithi

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