Star top editors protest ‘sex predators’ tag by Caroline Mutoko

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The Star newspaper editors have protested to management over ongoing investigations into sex abuse allegations raised by some female employees at Radio Africa Group.

The editors accuse the management and human resources office of mishandling a very sensitive matter, leaving senior male editors with a negative tag and their reputations on the line.

The protest, delivered to HR and management by Star Editor-in-Chief Charles Kerich, came a day after Business Today broke the story of some young ladies working for Radio Africa had complained to management of some editors who were demanding sex from them.

It is also understood that the editors have particularly taken exception with a recent meeting of female employees convened by HR and addressed by among others, Caroline Mutoko, the RAG chief operations officer.

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At the closed-door meeting, where a number of ladies voiced their complains against their male bosses, Caroline is said to have maligned her male colleagues and even told the ladies that “all men are predators”.

The male editors feel the HR failed miserably in handling “ a few” complaints and instead invisted a “kamkunji” of women to complain publicly. An insider at the Star newsroom says the complaints should have been handled on a case by case basis behind closed door to save the reputation of other editors not named by the ladies.

The matter has caused tension at Lion Place, where male editors are no longer walking tall, as they are being treated suspiciously by their female colleagues.

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The whole issue was sparked by one lady who raised a complaint with the human resources office. The HR director then convened a meeting of all female employees, where the issue was discussed and more complainants rose.

This adds to the human resource crisis at Radio Africa, after the exit of nearly all journalists on the business desk. Before that the digital Editor Joseph Kariuki had bolted out, forcing the company to pull off reporter Oliver Mathenge the political news beat to take over from him.