Kenyatta Owned Media House Ordered To Pay Employees

Good news for K24 Journalist as court orders the media house to pay its employees their April/May salaries in full.

Mediamax management suffered a blow after the Employment and Labour relations court stopped the media house’s plan to enforce pay cuts to its employees.

According to the management, the pay cut was necessary to keep the company afloat, a move that put the company against employees who protested the proposed huge slashes.

In the virtual ruling, the Labour Court ruled that the company must honor the existing contracts it has with the employees even as it plans to retrench staff. In the ruling, Mediamax was also ordered to pay the staff their accrued April and May salaries in full.


“With no orders on costs and with further orders that the contract of service between parties is preserved with no pay cuts but affected staff may go on redundancy per law and prevailing contracts, ” the court ruled.

Mediamax employees among them top presenter, Erick Njoka, Milele FM Presenter Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o moved to court protesting the pay cut and received and an injunction that stopped the proposed cuts.

The K24 management in a letter to the staff had proposed a 50% cut for high earners and a 20%-30% for the relatively low-income earners.


Since the issuance of the notice, a series of events have occurred at the media house including resignations of its seniormost editors and most popular presenters.

In May, Peter Opondo a seniormost editor overseeing the editorial functions of print, broadcast, and digital divisions resigned over frustrations citing frustrations from the management’s business decisions during the coronavirus period and mostly the pay cuts saga.

Presenter Betty Kyallo quit the media house a week later urging that she felt undervalued at the organization.

The resignations of the staff were preceded by reports that K24 will be altering its programming to reflect its precarious financial position.

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