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Another top Capital FM presenter axed

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Radio Presenter Maqbul Mohammed is the latest star to leave the Chris Kirubi-owned Capital FM, which appears to be undergoing a reinvention.

His departure, which he announced on social media platforms, caps a week in which Editor Director Michael Mumo, Special Projects Editor Rob Jillo tendered in their resignation letters.

The two, who are serving a one month notice period, are said to be headed to consultancy.

Veteran senior presenter Cess Mutungi is also leaving on Friday after hosting her final Jam984 show.

Early in May, radio host Anita Nderu also resigned, saying she felt she had given her best and wanted new challenges

Business Today has also learnt that Business Editor Ken Macharia left last month as did business reporter and host Kennedy Kangethe.

Others who have left in the course of the last year include Web Editor and lifestyle writer/photographer Susan Wong, who resigned in January to return to her Canadian home and popular presenter Laura Walubengo, who quit in July last year.

While some of the exits have been voluntary, sources at Lonrho House say there is a massive reorganisation at Capital Group, which is being executed by Acting Managing Director Somoina Kimojino, who was appointed to the position to replace Cyrus Kamau.

Kimojino, who has been with the company for more than 15 years, was previously the Director of Programmes overseeing the company’s flagship radio business.

“She is literally turning the place upside down,” one source told BT.

Maqbul, who has been at Capital FM for 12 years, is also an actor and has featured in various series and films. His breakthrough came in 2006 for his role as Karis in series Makutano Junction.

He has since appeared in films such as; Behind Closed DoorsKwani Readings Weakness and All Girls Together.

In 2011, he was cast as one of the main characters in award-winning soap opera Lies that Bind.

Due to his great performance in the project, he was nominated in the 2013 Kalasha Awards. In 2015, he had a leading role as Donovan in comedy Auntie Boss! alongside Eve D’Souza.

He first appeared on TV as a teenager in the KBC TV drama Reflections.

In a past interview, he revealed that his mother and eldest sister played a major role in his entry into acting.

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“My mother and my eldest sister Thelma have been an inspiration because they have pushed me towards my dreams and my passion. That is what we need in our society. And I was also lucky enough to marry someone who is in the industry; she understands what I do and supported me even when I was stubborn enough to say: I don’t want to do this anymore,” he told entertainment writer Jennifer Ochieng.

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