Royal Media fires popular journalists soon after K24 sacked employees en masse

Former Hot 96 fm presenter Shiks Kapienga

Royal Media Group, which owns Citizen TV, has fired employees a few hours after Mediamax sacked more than 50 journalists.

One of the employees sent home is multi-talented Shiks Kapienga, an actress, comedian and radio presenter at Hot 96.

Others include Radio Citizen presenters Syombua Osiany and John Maloba.

In March, RMS announced a compulsory pay cut of between 20 per cent and 30 per cent to reduce operational costs amid coronavirus pandemic.

Some employees were sent on compulsory leave.

Many companies have either fired employees or sent them on unpaid leaves in a bid to remain afloat during covid-19 pandemic.

READ ALSO: Many Popular K24 News Anchors have been fired

On Sunday night, more than 50 K24 employees were fired through an SMS. The remaining two employees will take a 50 per cent pay cut.

In April, K24 announced a 50 per cent pay cut for all employees. Those who did not agree with the new terms went to court seeking to stop the action.

There are also claims some employees had not been paid for the past two months after taking the matter to court.

The staff even went to the extent of writing a letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta, seeking justice.

READ ALSO: K24 employees pen heart-breaking letter to Uhuru after suffering under CEO Ngaruiya

Despite the cry of help to Uhuru, the employees were still fired.

On Monday,  Kenya Union of Journalists threatened to take Mediamax CEO Ken Ngaruiya to court after the employees were laid off.

KUJ claims Ngaruiya did not follow the process of firing employees as outlined in the constitution.

Moreover, they accused him of using covid-19 to take advantage of employees, mistreat them and fire them.

READ ALSO: Kenya Union of Journalists threatens to take K24 CEO to court for illegally firing employees

Fairmont Norfolk also fired all its employees due to tough financial times.

Serena hotel also sent most of its staff on unpaid leave and fired others.

READ ALSO: Citizen TV News Anchor Yvonne Okwara faced discrimination at work for being dark-skinned

 

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