Capital Radio halts restructuring exercise: Normalcy returns to newsroom

A privately owned Capital Radio has halted its restructuring exercise which was planned to chop over five staff members in the news and current affairs department.

The move comes after news room staff quizzed the management to come clear on who is on the chop list after three of their colleagues were unexpectedly given letters of termination of their services.

Among those who lost their jobs are sub-editors Charity Chimungu-Phiri and Chikondi Juma and a business reporter Terence Mwamulima.

Capital FM owner Alaudin Osman and fired sub-editor Chikondi Juma . Photo credit VOA

Inside sources had earlier told Nyasa Times that the restructuring exercise which was aimed to affect all the departments was because the radio could not raise enough money to pay its employees.

However information reaching Nyasa Times indicate that the management told staff members during special staff meeting held Wednesday aimed to clarify on the issue of restructuring that the exercise has been halted.

“Workers were told not to panic and that the station will no longer dismiss any employee. But due to shortage of staff the remaining staff members have been asked to multi-task,” says the source.

The management was forced hold the meeting after Nyasa Times exposed its intention to be firing staff members who were not in good books with the station manager Arlene Osman Grimes.

The station’s IT department tried in vain to have Nyasa Times website blocked at the radio to prevent workers from accessing the revealing story.

However reports show that there is no indication the station will refill the vacant positions anytime soon.

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