Mediamax Limited, the parent company of the under-performing K24 TV and linked to President Uhuru Kenyatta, has axed top journalists just a day after issuing a restructuring Memo.
Most of those shown the door by the no-nonsense Ian Fernades are mostly those who joined the company from other Media houses.
Those affected are as follows;
- Janet Chapia – a senior reporter who left Citizen TV for K24 in 2013
- Duncan Khaemba – a political and current affairs reporter formally of Citizen TV
- Chris Thairu – a political reporter formerly of Citizen TV
- Anders Ihachi – a swahili reporter formerly of Citizen TV
- Geoffrey Wachira – sports reporter cum anchor formerly of Citizen TV
- Wycliffe Orandi – sports sub editor and reporter formerly of Radio Africa Group
Many other support staff including video editors, camera operators and technicians were also axed.
On the Milele Radio side, the following are the main casualties;
- Dr Ofweneke – popular comedian and breakfast show co-host
- Titi Nagwala – Radio Programmes
- Rio Dzombo – News presenter
- Newton Mdaki – News presenter
- Alphonce Oladipo, and John Kioko have allegedly been fired also.
The publishing wing of the company, People Daily, also fired the following:
- Eric Nyakagwa – Political Editor
- Kamau Ngotho – special projects editor
- Millicent Muthoni – magazines editor.
- Rebecca Nandwa – sub editor
- Robert Onsare – sub editor
- Rose Wanjiku – sub editor
- Wanjohi Githae – Parliament reporter
- Maureen Ng’ang’a – news reporter
- Racheal Mburu – court reporter
The action by mediamax has been linked with its low profit returns on capital.