SK Macharia owned Royal Media Services (RMS) is cooking the a storm that could wipe out big names from the media house especially on the Citizen TV side.
A new Dream Team that was poached from other media houses has been blamed for creating bad blood with former employees that saw Mohamed Hussein leave the station.
Top editors of the station are said to be divided, with one camp encompassing new employees perceived to be the “dream team” while the other entailing older editors.
In one camp of antagonism are the recently poached anchors led by Joe Ageyo, Linus Kaikai, Yvone Okwara, Nimrod Taabu, Jamila Mohammed and Rashid Abdallah, said to be the cause of disharmony in the station, that has led to the exit of Mohammed.
The other involves journos who have stayed in the station for longer led by Willis Raburu, Waihiga Mwaura, Francis Gachuri, Jeff Koinange, Victoria Rubadiri, Hassan Mugambi and Jeff Koinange.
Lulu Hassan, wife to Rashid Abdallah, is torn in between the line, despite belonging to the older team while her husband belongs to the newer “dream team”. The two were awarded a new programme dubbed Maria that airs every Monday to Friday at 7.30 pm, the reason Lulu is said to be neutral in the whole issue.
The first trigger of the bad blood was pulled when the new dream team was awarded higher salaries. The new team started looking down on the older team creating a rift behind the screens.
Hussein Mohammed specifically thanked senior management including RMS Chair S.K. Macharia and Vice-Chair Gathoni Macharia, the managing director Wachira Waruru and his former boss Farida Karoney and did not mention or appreciate his immediate bosses Joe Ageyo and Linus Kaikai.
Coincidentally, both Kaikai and Ageyo tweeted about Wahiga Mwaura taking over the show from Hussein Mohammed.
Similar wars were witnessed in February 2017 when Jeff Koinange joined the station and was awarded a salary that dwarfed every other senior editor at the station.
Saida Swaleh and award-winning journalist Dorcas Wangira are also said to be packing their things and their exodus is not only eminent but also bound to happen sooner.