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Kenya: Exclusive List of Top Journalists Fired at Citizen TV

The Royal Media Services (RMS) sparked anxiety on Wednesday morning after announcing that it was embarking on a restructuring process that would see about 100 employees lose their jobs.

The chilling news left many especially employees at the leading media house waiting to see who would be on the list of those facing the axe.

A well-placed source at RMS has revealed that among those being sent home is veteran business news reporter and anchor Terryanne Chebet as well as her counterpart Kirigo Ng’arua, who had been presenting news on the Morning Breakfast show.

The restructuring which has already kicked off has affected senior staff in various departments including Editorial and Production.

Our source disclosed a list of about 30 staffers who are among the first batch set to go home.

Here is the full list of those fired:

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1. Terryanne Chebet – News Anchor
2.  Kirigo Ng’arua – News Anchor
3. Jemima Mungai – Editor
4. Mercy Oburu – Editor
5. Abdi Osman -Editor
6. Mathangani Mwenda – Editor
7.  Shisia Wasilwa – Editor Citizen TV
8. Victor Kenani – Citizen TV reporter
9. Anunda Sakwa – Radio Presenter
10. Elizabeth Omolo – Radio Presenter
11. John Marete – Head of Camera
12.Beatrice Njoki – Camera
13. Brian Okutoyi – Creative
14. Philip Muruttu – Radio Reporter
15. Nasteha Mohammed – Radio Reporter
16. Young – Editor Radio department
17. Moses Kuria  – Camera
18. Beatrice Kariuki  – Camera
19. Dominic Njiru  – Camera
20. Anthony Kamau – Camera
21. Shelmith Wanjiru – Transmission
22. Bosco Baya – Transmission
23. Anthony Mugambi – Transmission
24. Cyrus Njiru – Head of Technical
25. Alex Makarau
26. Agao Patrobas
27. Crispin Njogu
28. Gladys Kigo
29. Paul Ngandu
30. Emily BV
31. Leah Ngari
32. Gichuru Makena
33. Maureen Murimi – Digital
34. Nganju – Technician

In a statement released on Wednesday by the giant media house, RMS stated that due to changes in the broadcasting industry, they had been left with no option but to “reorganise its operations” which would deem some of the employees redundant.

“As a result, the company is left with no choice but to reorganise its operations. This includes rationalisation of various departments.”

“Unfortunately and regrettably, the action will result in the reduction of our workforce through job redundancies. The management realises that this exercise will be very difficult for the affected members of staff and their families,” the statement signed by RMS managing Director Wachira Waruru stated.

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