In the wake of sackings in the country’s leading media houses, questions have been raised whether such action by bosses in such firms are based on issues or is it just a cleansing ritual to weed off dissenting voices.
One such sacking that has attracted the attention of the public is the sacking of Mugumo Munene and Andrew Teyie both working for the Nation Media Group. According to Dennis Onyango, the dismissal of the duo was not based on any valid reasons but rather a witch hunt to rid the media houses of “opposition-allied reporters”. Protesting the move, Onyango alleges in his Facebook update that the media houses was actually planning to sack eleven more reporters and editors next week in a bid to control what is written on corruption.
Onyango further alleges that NMG seized laptops given to reporters in the 2013 general election meant to collect parallel poll results for comparison purposes. According to Onyango, the reporters were denied access to the data they collected begging the question what the intention was for collecting the data in the first place.
Onyango’s remarks could however not go free of criticism from his colleagues of Facebook who blamed the CORD coalition for lack of seriousness in encouraging their supporter to register as voter. “Ogola there is no need for rigging since you people are not registering as voter. People from central and valley are busy getting registered while your group is busy masquerading about rigging. Tell me why one should rig someone who does not have votes,” posed Vincent Mioboh.
On his part, Fredrick Kerry Ochieng wondered why Dennis had not protested about journalists being sacked in other media houses.
Although there has not been a response by NMG on the alleged dismissals, it remains unclear on whether in fact media houses have resorted to using crude tactics to protect their interests.