Kenyan Radio fires three presenters over comments justifying sexual assault against women
London, March 28, 2021 (AltAfrica)-A popular Kenyan radio station, Homeboyz Radio has terminated the services of three breakfast show hosts Shaffie Weru, Joseph Munoru (DJ Mfalme) and Neville Muysa with immediate effect.
Kenyan Radio fires three breakfast show host over slur against women
The sack follows a comprehensive review of the comments made on the station on Thursday morning and their subsequent suspension from employment.
On Friday, the three were initially suspended for two weeks in relation to comments they made that appeared to victim shame and justify sexual assault against women. On Saturday, the trio were permanently fired from the services of the station
“Our partners and listeners will not be surprised by this action to terminate their services as it is the right thing to do,” Homeboyz Radio General Manager Somoina Kimonjino said in a statement on Saturday evening.
She added; “The comments of said erstwhile employees were neither authorized, approved nor cleared with the company nor was the subject discussed and or authorized by the company’s senior leadership. We are deeply disappointed in their conduct.”
Kimonjino said that investigations had determined that their conduct constitutes gross misconduct and an egregious breach of the company’s editorial policies.
“The company and its subsidiaries do not condone gender-based violence or any form of physical, verbal and emotional abuse nor does it subscribe to the view shared by the three employees,” she said.
She assured all Homeboyz Radio partners and listeners across the country that the station was committed to ensuring that presenters and producers are regularly trained on media and gender issues, the ethics of reporting on issues of gender-based violence and sexual assault, inclusivity and diversity.
She thanked Kenyans for demanding more of the media industry at large.
“While we continue to provide great news, information and entertainment we will endeavour to do it with good taste and decency. We shall endeavour to do our part to change any and all harmful narratives surrounding gender issues,” Kimonjino said.