Nation Media Group CEO Joe Muganda yesterday met the new team appointed on Thursday and assured employees that the layoff exercise has been concluded. Let’s get back to our desks and work guys, he told the skittish editors, some of who have been promoted while others demoted.
He spoke on a day that tension was still growing at Nation Centre as more names of those being sacked surfaced. His assurance of no more sackings was taken with a pinch of salt, though, with some saying there are a number of people still in line to go, including eight journalists who are KUJ members jobs hanging on the loose thread of a c********e seeking better payment. So far, 15 media workers have been sent home.
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There’s also talk of a shock at the Business Daily in the near future, though the newspaper may not have much fat to trim since it has been depleted of talent by an exodus of reporters in search of greener pastures.
LIST OF THOSE HOW HAVE LEFT
- Ken Walibora Waliaula – quality manager, Kiswahili
- Eric Shimoli – news editor
- Sammy Wambua – editor, counties
- Mary Wasike – editor, oped
- Pamela Wanambisi – subeditor Sports,
- Felista Wangari – sub-editor Saturday Magazine,
- Esther Karuru – Sub editor Sunday Nation,
- Victor Siele – (sub-editor, Taifa Leo)
- Zadock Angira – c***e reporter
- Waga Odongo – writer
- Farayi Nyandoro – subeditor (Zimbabwean journalist)
- Domitila Katila – editorial
- Connie Mwangemi – advertising
- Pamela Abwoga – advertising
- Liz Gitonga
For Liz Gitonga-Wanjohi, who was editing Young Nation magazine, which is part of the Sunday Nation, the exit could be a blessing in disguise. She now has more time to complete her PhD in communications studies at Moi University and pursue even bigger dreams. Her stint at Young Nation has been successful, according to Nation insiders. Last year, Liz, a soft-spoken lady with a shy smile that hides a strong personality, started the online channel for Young Nation on YouTube – Young Nation TV – which has picked up well.
Liz, the author of the biography of Veteran journalist Philip Ochieng’s biography, ‘The Fifth Columnist’, also worked as a sub on the Sunday Nation for four years.