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.
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.
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.
Three journalists land top jobs at City Hall
In the appointments made on Wednesday, K24 senior reporter Joab Mwaura was named as the director of the Governor’s Press Service
Three journalists have been appointed to Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s executive.
In the appointments made on Wednesday, K24 senior reporter Joab Mwaura was named as the director of the Governor’s Press Service taking over from former radio personality Walter Mong’are alias Nyambane who headed the communications department under former governor Evans Kidero.
Mwaura, who came to fame with his Mgaagaa Na Upwa programme on Citizen TV before he was poached by Mediamax Network Ltd to join K24 TV, will be deputised by Royal Media Services news editor (radio) Richard Bosire.
People Daily reporter Sarah Ndung’u was tapped to fill the position of Media Liaison Officer. She is a veteran journalist who has covered many beats for the People Daily, including City Hall and the courts.
Governor Sonko, also named former Town Clerk John Gakuo as an advisor on Urban Planning, Environment and Urban Renewal.
Gakuo, who served as a county executive committee member under Kidero before they fell out, is ranked highly for transforming the city with regard to cleanliness and order during his tenure as Town Clerk.
The appointment of the three journalists two weeks after Sonko nominated Radio Africa Group Chief Editor Charles Kerich as the CEC in charge of ICT and E-Government and Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) Head of Radio Operations Larry Wambua as CEC (Devolution, Public Service and Administration).
They will be vetted on Monday after the exercise was rescheduled to allow for scrutiny of public memoranda submitted on the 10 executive committee nominees.
In the latest hirings, Peter Musembi was named Chief of Staff, Alphonce Mutinda as Legal Advisor, Abel Onchari the political advisor while Anthony Otieno as Communication advisor.
The governor has also established a social media department to be headed by John Mwangi. The department is set to have eight staff members tasked to inform the county residents on the development
agenda and the performance of his administration.
– Additional reporting by People Daily.
Sam Shollei’s surprise career move
Former Standard Group CEO Sam Shollei has joined Keroche Breweries as managing director.
Shollei left the Mombasa Road-based media house two months ago after allegedly falling out with Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, who represents the interests of the Moi family, the company’s main shareholder.
However, during a recent farewell party, he denied the reports, saying he left at his own volition.
Speaking to Business Today, Shollei confirmed he has joined Keroche Breweries as a director. Before joining Standard Group, Mr Shollei was the Director-Group Business Development at Nation Media Group.
Mr Shollei also served as the managing director of Tanzania’s Mwananchi Communications, an NMG subsidiary.
He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nairobi and an MBA from the University of Nairobi.
Keroche Breweries is a family-owned company co-owned by James Karanja and his wife, Mrs Tabitha Karanja, who doubles as the Chief Executive Officer.
The Sholleis are close family friends of the Karanjas and attend most of each other’s social functions. Mrs Karanja appears to have tapped his skills to actualise her aspirations to launch operations across the continent.
He will be the second media CEO to be tapped by Keroche Breweries after Paul Wanyagah, who was in 2014 appointed managing director as the company readied to embark on regional operations.
Wanyagah, formerly the CEO of Mediamax Network Ltd and Standard Group and before then a senior manager at EABL, however, left soon after in unclear circumstances. He is now the CEO of Kenya Markets Trust.
In a previous interview, Mrs Karanja, who co-owns Keroche Breweries with her husband, James Karanja, said she was targeting to fully increase its market share in Kenya to 30% and 20% in the spirit and beer markets respectively before exploring the East African market and finally going African.
“My dream is to see Keroche grow to the whole of Africa,” she said.
The home grown brewer has over the years defied competition from industry giant, East African Breweries, and multinationals, high taxation and State interference to turn into a multi-billion venture.
In 2015, the company received a loan of Ksh 5 billion to expand production levels of its signature Summit beer from Barclays Bank from 10 million litres per year to 110 million litres.
In 2010, Mrs Karanja was honoured by former President Mwai Kibaki with a Moran of Burning Spear (MBS) for contribution to liberalizing the liquor market in Kenya.
Capital FM manager in hot soup over rape tweets
Media house says it has noted with concern Joe W. Muchiri’s posts and is dealing with the matter with the seriousness it deserves
A Production Manager with Capital FM is facing disciplinary action over social media posts propagating gender-based violence.
In a statement posted on Twitter by the Capital Group, the media house owned by billionaire businessman Chris Kirubi said it has noted with concern Joe W. Muchiri’s posts and is dealing with the matter with the seriousness it deserves.
“We would like to make it abundantly clear that we do not support or condone gender based violence or any form of violence. We are therefore dealing with the matter with the seriousness it deserves,” said the statement.
Here is Capital Group’s statement:
It is believed the move came after Muchiri had an altercation with a lady by the name Wanjiru Maina for which he later apologised.
He has also had exchanges with socialites such as Huddah Monroe and at one time made lewd remarks about now Nairobi Women Representative Esther Passaris attracting the ire of Annerlisa Muigai, the daughter of Keroche Breweries proprietor Tabitha Karanja.
Muchiri, also a radio presenter, started working at Capital FM immediately after college, though he had a short stint as an intern in KTN.
“Capital is my 1st and last job,” he says on his profile on the Capital FM website.
Why Otiende Amollo walked out on NTV
Rarieda MP accuses Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa, a fellow panelist, of justifying the killing of Luos but the latter defends himself, saying post was on a parody Twitter account ( SEE STORY BELOW)
The high political tensions in the country played out in the mainstream media on Tuesday morning, when an opposition politician walked out during a live studio interview with a rival legislator.
Despite continuous persuasion by NTV anchor Ken Mijungu to stay on during the heated ‘AM Live’ morning political show, Rarieda legislator Otiende Amollo walked out some 45 minutes after the show started at about 7am, moments after Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa walked in, Daily Nation reports.
Mr Otiende said he could not share a panel with Mr Ichung’wa over a tweet he claimed was posted by the Kikuyu MP
“Ken allow me to leave. I cannot sit on a panel with Kimani Ichung’wa because he sent a tweet that I find offensive, a tweet that suggests its okay to maim and kill Luos,” Mr Amollo said as he unplugged the microphone pinned on his chest.
Mr Amollo was referring to a tweet that went viral on Monday, apparently suggested Ichung’wa applauding the police killings in the ongoing opposition demonstrations.
Pinned to apologise by Mijungu, Ichung’wa however distanced himself from the tweet.
“That’s not my Twitter account,” Mr Ichung’wa said.
“I only have one Twitter account. I am in the process of having it verified. I even suspect these fake accounts are being created and operated by Nasa propagandists.”
“To the Luo nation, if there is someone you will never find fuelling ethnic hate, it’s Kimani Ichung’wa. Most of my friends are Luos and Somalis.”
Despite this explanation, Mr Amollo still made good his threat and walked out of the show, which also had Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi in attendance.
Incidentally, Miguna Miguna who was expected to be a panellist on the very show, failed to turn up.
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