When Alex Chamwada reappeared on KTN early this year, his former employer, Royal Media Services (RMS), felt cheated.
Mr Chamwada, who was special reports editor at Citizen TV, had been given a one-year study leave to pursue his masters at Liverpool University in England. According to a reliable source at RMS, he was on full salary while studying with the promise that he would return to work for Citizen TV.
When he returned, however, he resigned from RMS. This did not go down well with his bosses and now paid study leave has been frozen at RMS. While resigning, Mr Chamwada, a born-again Christian, claimed to be going to pursue businesses only to resurface on KTN with a new programme named after himself.
“For now no one is being given study leave at RMS. The bosses are very strict on that. If you decide to go for studies you have to resign. You don’t get any kind of payment from the company,” said the source.
In 2012, just a year before 2013 general elections, Mr Chamwada had threatened to leave Citizen and work for the campaign team of Dr Evans Kidero, now Nairobi City County governor. RMS chairman S.K. Macharia, his wife Gathoni and the company CEO Wachira Waruru convinced him to stay and improved his salary.
It is said that Mr Chamwada was not happy with his pay. The hardworking reporter used to earn less than a half of what Citizen TV news anchor Janet Mbugua was getting at the time.