By Wanja Waweru
Kenyatta family-owned media house based along Kijabe street Media Max Limited, has sent its CEO, Ken Ngaruiya, on compulsory leave.
The company’s board decided to send its top manager home “in order to investigate his conduct.”
The most recent accusation against Ngaruiya is that he made a sh24 million payment to a company under dubious circumstances.
According to sources who spoke to Sauce.co.ke, an online publication, what has upset the board is that the firm he allegedly owns is registered through roxies and has already been used for other shady ventures.
Ngaruiya is also accused of being a bully, yelling orders in the newsroom, and even showing up at editorial meetings to choose story lines for K24, the TV station, and PD, the newspaper. His accusers argue that it is because he lacks journalism training that his behavior has put him at odds with the editors.
In 2020, Ngaruiya threatened to fire journalists who had sued the company when their salaries had been reduced despite a court order.
“Irrespective of the court order, all the 200 people who went to court are enemies of the company. If you sign or you don’t sign the contract, washakumaki (they have already marked you),” he told them.
A few days later, more than 150 journalists were fired through text messages sent at midnight.