The Daily Monitor newspaper, a publication of the Nation Media Group (NMG) has fired several Editors, among them Ismail Kezaala and Henry Ochieng, who have worked for over 15 years at the Industrial Area-based publication.
Kezaala has been the Society Magazine Photo Editor, while Ochieng has been the Political Editor. Others fired are Faiswal Kasirye, the Acting Photo Editor; photographer Michael Kakumirizi and, Sean Oseku and Jackie Deware of KFM.
Today’s sacking and the new changes announced yesterday by Managing Director Tony Glencross, will also see some Managing Editors’ roles merged.
In fact Glencross said that first priority is going to be given to digital section, a move that will inevitably leave some employees redundant due to the merging of some roles within the company.
In a related development the NMG, who are also the owners of NTV, Spark Tv, KFM, Dembe FM, will carry out restructuring and, beginning next month most of the workers at the Serena based station NTV will operate on a freelance basis.
“They (workers) will be paid for only their output unlike currently where most earn monthly salaries. Even presenters like Douglas Lwanga and others will be paid for only the time they appear on TV,” a source intimated to us.
Apparently the restructure has been ongoing for the last one year where the heads of different departments were ordered to reduce on the number of their employees, who have been laid off one by one since last year.
“This was further boosted by those who left on their own will like MC Kats, Peter Sserwanga, Robin Kisti and others,” the source added.
Meanwhile, as part of the changes at NTV, sources said Sam Barata returned from Nairobi to take on the post of General Manager Sales, while NTV MD Agnes Konde’s job hangs in the balance as there are reportedly plans to phase out the position.