Over the years, Citizen TV has dominated the airwaves and given Kenyans an opportunity to watch some of the most talented journalists in the media industry tell stories from different parts of the world.
However, just like any other industry, journalists often face the axe given the harsh economic times faced by the companies they work for.
Citizen TV has had its fair share of sackings which have seen some of the most promising journalists who graced the TV screens lose their jobs.
Here is a list of Citizen TV journalists who lost their jobs and what they are doing now.
While at Royal Media Services Limited, Wambui became a darling for many Kenyans for her current affairs and human interest reporting.
However, in 2016, the journalist lost her job at a time Citizen TV was conducting internal restructuring. Her departure from the station saw her land a role in Machakos county government as a communications advisor – a role she held for 5 months.
She later started her podcast production that focused on human interest stories.
Wambui is currently the Regional Media and Communications Specialist for Plan International for the Middle East, East and Southern Africa region.
Just like Wambui, Kenga lost her job in 2016. The journalist made a comeback to the airwaves in 2019 after she was hired as a news anchor for TV47 which was launched in the same year.
Currently, Kenga is a news anchor at Lookup TV and also doubles up as a news director.
She joined the station in 2020 and hosts the 7pm news bulletin. In March this year, she opened up on her struggles after leaving the RMS station.
“After being fired at Royal Media Services, I was stressed up and decided to do unusual things to help me forget. However, things changed later. I was employed on Lookup TV after a long dry spell,” she stated.
Ongechi faced the axe in 2021 after having served at the station for over 4 years. The reporter joined the station in 2017 as an intern and rose up the ranks to become a reporter.
He later joined the Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE) as a media consultant – a position he left in December last year to focus on his production company founded the same year.
The Azimiokuu Brand Africa specialises in advertising and production of documentaries.
Additionally, the journalist also runs a business where he sells fresh vegetables and fruits.
Similar to other journalists on the list, Obadiah lost his job in 2016. The journalist then ventured into politics and contested for the Kapenguria parliamentary seat in 2017 on a Maendeleo Chap Chap party ticket.
He, however, lost to the incumbent, Samuel Moroto.
At the time, he stated that he wanted to solve the issues that were facing his community including cattle rustling.
Since then, he has maintained a low profile and works closely with his area Member of Parliament.
After being fired in 2016, the journalist joined Fanaka television where she became the Chief Executive Officer. In 2019, she also joined Metropol TV is the same capacity.
She left Metropol in June 2020 and currently works as Lead, Strategic Communications and Public Relations for the Pink Foundry – a company founded in 2020.