Makori Ongechi Forced To Resign From Citizen TV After Fallout With Editors -

Makori Ongechi Forced To Resign From Citizen TV After Fallout With Editors

Makori Ongechi
Makori Ongechi. [PHOTO/ COURTESY]

Citizen TV education reporter Makori Ongechi has resigned from the media house following a fallout with senior editors.

The award-winning journalist is said to have been at loggerheads with senior editors, following his stance of not working on Saturdays.

Makori who is a staunch Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) joined the media house in January 2017 as an intern, before being employed permanently seven months later.

When Citizen hired new editors, they tried forcing him (Makori) to work on Saturdays, forcing him to seek an audience with the human resource office, which did not augur well with the editors.

For over two months, Makori has not been allowed to voice any story, and the few he has done have been voice by other reporters, marking the climax of the fallout with editors that saw him resign.

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It is not yet clear where Ongechi is headed, but reports indicate that he has received several offers from rival stations and could be back on air soon.

It is said that the new editors led by former KTN managing editor Joe Ageyo and Linus Kaikai have been forcing out former employees, in a bid to employ their preferred juniors.

In February, an employee from the stateion wrote a letter revealing an alleged rot in the media house.

In an email that leaked online, the technical staff who keep the company moving earn between Ksh50,000 and Ksh80,000, while news anchors earn as high as Ksh800,000.

Others like Jeff Koinange for instance, are rumoured to be earning well above Ksh2 million.

“Cameramen run all day, get into violent situations but they still can’t even afford a vehicle to drive to work. Producers spend hours on the desk editing content but they can’t afford an Uber (taxi) home when they get overwhelmed with work and work till late in the night,” wrote the employee.

In 2018, Citizen poached Ageyo (from KTN), Kaikai (from NTV), Yvonne Okwara (news anchor, from KTN), Jamila Mohammed, Pamela Asigi, Rashid Abdallah and Nimrod Taabu (all from NTV) which was termed as a “dream team”.

Fallout between the “dream team” and older employees is said to have led to the exit of Enock Sikolia who left silently to join CGTN.

The “dream team” is also said to have pushed out Hussein Mohammed, terming him as lazy.

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