Nation Media Group on Friday July 3 terminated the services of news anchor Ken Mijungu during the axe that could set to claim a number of employees working at the media house.
Mijungu took to his Twitter account announcing that his 7 year stay at the station had come to an end.
“The axe fell at NTV’s newsroom and I was on its way. 7 years in those corridors summed up in a two-page letter of termination.
“We live to fight another day. Thanks to God, He remains the greatest, thank you NTV for the opportunity and thank you for always staying tuned,” he wrote.
Ken Mijungu presented the 9 pm bulletin, AMLive, as well as Side Bar show in which he hosted a bereft of politicians.
In his career, he was fortunate enough to host the country’s top leaders among them Deputy President William Ruto.
Mijungu’s sacking comes during the bloodbath at the famous Twin Towers that has left many more’s futures uncertain.
Nation Media Group had announced that it would lay off some employees on Wednesday July 1. Reports from highly placed sources who spoke to 254 News describe a ruthless restructuring with the potential of leaving Nation Centre numb for some time.
On Thursday July 2, the process began with the newspaper section, with as many as 40 journalists targeted, according to a report by the Business Daily. The process bled into NTV on Friday July 3.
Nation Newspaper Division Managing Director Francis Munywoki, partnerships & projects manager and long-serving education editor David Aduda, Business Daily Managing Editor Ng’ang’a Mbugua and Daily Nation News Editor Francis Wanyonyi Wambilianga were among the big casualties.
Also picked for staff reshuffling were editions editor Mark Agutu, agriculture editor Julius Sigei, Gabriel Chege of IT, Veronica Chirchir (HR), output editor Joe Mbuthia, Martin Mwangi (Deputy Chief Sub Editor) and Revise Editor Henry Gekonde. Nancy Ogutu, Peter Choge and Momanyi Maosa from the online department/ Nation Digital have also been shown the door.
The 40 editorial staff will continue receiving their letters until next week, with reports indicating some of people affected, especially younger ones, will be recalled starting August to work on contracts, according to discussions in the group’s online meeting on Wednesday July 1. The Group is targeting to lay off over 100 employees.
The management says it is re-engineering the Nation Media Group to accelerate its digital transformation. In this new model, it will utilize technology more and cut down on human resource.
Those affected will receive counselling support, while those stationed outside Nairobi will be offered relocation assistance. Also, the laid-off staff will receive medical cover for a period of two months until August 31, 2020, a rare occasion for media houses countrywide.
The layoff follows a slew of mass firings ignited by media houses owing to the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy of the country. K24 owned Mediamax Networks announced the mass layoff of nearly its entire newsroom, Royal Media Services following suit and restructuring in a low-profit style. It is understood that Standard Media Group could follow suit.
Many journalists who departed from their employees have started their solo careers to keep up with the rise in digital technology.
Former Citizen TV investigative reporter Asha Mwilu launched her own company, Debunk Media, while Betty Kyallo launched a YouTube platform as did Jalang’o who exited Radio Milele.
Aside from being a journalist, Mijungu is the founder of Execar-tive Carhire, a private company that leases vehicles for events and executive transfers.
The enterprise, imports vehicles from Japan, South Africa, Australia, Singapore, Dubai and the United Kingdom.
Some of the services include; airport to hotel executive transfer, city tours, long and short time motor vehicle leasing services, wedding cars, close protection, conference transfers, VIP & VVIP services and aircraft charter services.