Kampala, Uganda – Betsy Mugamba, Sanyu FM’s long serving Chief Operations Officer has been fired for allegedly inciting employees to strike over a 25% salary pay cut.
Mugamba’s fate was sealed after an audio making rounds on social media leaked proving she was the ‘ring leader’ of a strike that led Sanyu FM staff to lay down their tools in June this year in protest of a salary pay cut that had been occasioned by effects of the Covid-19 lockdown on business.
In the leaked audio, Mugamba is heard telling staff, “I don’t think we need to punish the advertiser; the owners have to be punished because they are the ones who touched your money.”
Africa Tembelea understands that several workers who were sacked by the station mid this year blamed Mugamba for being responsible for the strike that led to their dismissal.
“This is to inform you that we have terminated your employment with Sanyu FM after our investigations revealed that you incited other employees to stage a sit-down strike after management had proposed a 25% pay Ruparelia Group Company chairman Sudhir Ruparelia said in a letter.
According to Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, the staff had running contracts that curtail them from absconding from duty without reasonable explanations, however, when they chose to abscond mid this year, it meant they breached their contracts and had “fired themselves”.
Veteran staff like morning show host James “Fatboy” Onen quit the radio station, which forced Sudhir to immediately hire new staff including radio veteran Roger Mugisha was brought on board as programmes director, and comedian Patrick Salvado Idringi took over the morning show.
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Sanyu FM under the firm ownership of Ruparelia Group of companies, is the pioneer private FM radio station in East and Central Africa, and has been in existence for over 20-years.