Ezekiel Mutua recalls when he was fired at NMG, sends message to sacked journalists
By Standard Reporter | July 5th 2020
The Kenya Film and Classification Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua on
Saturday, July 4, recalled when he was fired by Nation Media Group nine years
Through his official Twitter handle, the KFCB boss recalled
when his dismissal letter was dropped at his desk.
"In February 2002, a letter was dropped at my desk at
the 3rd fl, Nation Centre. It was a summary dismissal. My 9 years at the NMG
had come to an abrupt & painful end.
"I walked out with nothing but faith. Today I am glad
they sacked me. May God be with all those who have been fired", narrated
On July 1, the Nation Media Group, through a statement,
announced how the business was severely affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NMG CEO Stephen Gitagama stated that the salary
deductions would continue till December, adding that the exercise will be
carried with the utmost respect to the affected staff.
"It is an extremely difficult decision in view of the
prevailing circumstances, and we understand the impact this will have on those
affected and their families.
"The exercise will be carried out with utmost respect
to affected colleagues and in adherence to the Kenyan labour laws," read
part of the statement.
Journalist Debarl Inea, who was among the staff laid off,
took to his Twitter handle to announce the news.
"It was the season of light, it was the season of
darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. Thank you
NMG for the opportunity. Work continues apace," said Debarl.
NTV news anchor Ken Mijungu, through Twitter, also announced
that he was fired, but thanked the company for the opportunity.
"The axe fell @NTVnewsroom and
I was on its way. 7 years in those corridors summed up in a two-page letter of
"We live to fight another day. Thanks to God, He remains the greatest, thank you @ntvkenya for the opportunity and thank you for always staying tuned," said Ken.
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