Journalist Maya Hayakawa has written a heartfelt public message to her former colleagues at Mediamax’s K24 following the staff’s highly-publicized sacking via text message on Sunday, June 21.
Describing the redundancy declaration by the media house as heartbreaking, the mother of one posted photo of herself with some of her former workmates and pledged her support.
“My heart goes out to all my former colleagues at K24 TV It is so devastating. It is so painful. I really have no words, but I am standing with you,” wrote the BBC personality.
Maya’s message came almost at the same time with that of Anne Kiguta who also took to Instagram to share a message of encouragement to her colleagues who were affected by the mass layoffs.
In her post, the mother of three mourned some of her crew members who helped in the production of her show, Punchline, and reminisced on the last recording that they worked on together.
“Punchline is an intense program. Often before we go on air, we are a beehive of actives. But yesterday my crew put on this old school hit and well I couldn’t help myself,” Kiguta wrote in part as she put into perspective their viral dance to Nonini’s We Kamuu on set.
She further expressed her gratitude to the team and thanked them for always showing up and putting their best foot forward.
“We had a great program but little did we know that nearly my entire team would have put on air their last production at K24. It was a great pleasure working with you all and getting to know you. Thank you for all your technical support on #Punchline. I couldn’t have done it without you. May God open wide new great doors for you all,” she added.
Some of the notable faces affected by the mass sacking include Sam Njoroge, Rose Gakuo, Fred Indimuli, Eric Njoka, Karen Karimi, Isabella Kituri, Nancy Onyancha, Caren Kibett, Shon Osimbo, Sara Adams, Joy Kariuki, Joab Mwaura and Tony Khwalanda.
The developments at the media house come barely a month after popular media personality Betty Kyallo resigned unexpectedly from the station.
In an interview with comedian Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o, Kyallo denied reports that she was fired.
“It is not always about money. There is so much to look up for. You want to be appreciated, you want to be supported, you want to be given clarity, you want to know that no matter what this organisation loves me and they will take care of my brand and they will push me, they will challenge me and they want me to be better. That’s even bigger than money,” she said.