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Citizen TV Journalists Intent On Joining Politics Issued Deadline

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The Royal Media Services (RMS) under which Citizen TV operates alongside Inooro TVRamogi TV, and 14 radio stations has given employees seeking to join politics in 2022 a deadline to quit the station.

An internal memo signed by Group Managing Director Wachira Waruru had revealed that the employees have until March 1, 2022, to resign in the event they want to vie for political seats in the August 9 polls.

The employees were advised to consult with the heads of their respective departments or the Human Resource Office.

“In line with the company’s culture and practice, any employee wishing to contest in any elective position must tender his/her resignation from employment before 1st March 2022.

A signpost outside the Royal Media Services offices. /BUSINESS TODAY

“If you need any further clarification on this matter, consult your Head of Department or the Human Resources Office,” read the memo in part.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati while announcing the election timelines for 2022 in June 2021, had revealed that civil servants seeking political offices have until February to resign.

Section 43(3) of the Elections Act 2011 details that a public officer seeking an elective seat must resign six months to the polls.

“A public officer who intends to contest an election under this Act shall resign from the public office at least six months before the date of the election,” reads the act in part.

The memo comes amidst many media personalities, mostly radio presenters announcing they would quit their roles to focus on political seats in 2022. Media personality Bonnie Musambi had announced that he will leave the national broadcasting station Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) on February 9, 2022.

“Today marks 1 month before my exit from KBC, where I have served for 14 years. On February 9, by the grace of God, and if things do not change… I will be leaving KBC in order to grow and pursue my own dreams,” he announced while hosting the Zinga show on KBC‘s Radio Taifa.

The veteran radio presenter added that while growth was considered important to him, he would not join another station.

“Growth is important in one’s life, but I am not going to another station. I am going to do my business, to be self-employed. I will be telling you about the business on the last day.

“I also have a calling to launch my political career. So I will join politics,” he revealed.

Kameme FM Njogu wa Njoroge, known to be one of the highest-paid presenters at the popular vernacular radio station, has also declared his interest in politics and will contest the Nakuru Senate seat.

Poster of Kameme FM’s Njogu wa Njoroge vying for the Nakuru Senate seat. /FACEBOOK.MOSES KURIA

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