On Thursday, January 19, news of Kamene Goro’s exit from Radio Africa-owned Kiss FM hit the internet.
At the time, reasons of her exit remained scanty with sources at the radio station citing ‘just a fallout’ with the management.
However, a week after news of her exit from the radio station, fresh details have emerged on why Radio Africa had to let go of her.
According to a source who was quoted by Nairobi News, the station’s management had grown tired of Kamene’s behaviour which included absenteeism.
It is alleged that the radio presenter had a tendency of absconding duty on unsubstantiated grounds.
“Kamene made a regular habit of not showing up to work, and she could give all manner of excuses most of the time, saying she was sick
“…and later she would upload photos and videos on social media of someone in a totally different situation,” the source told Nairobi News.
The source alleged that the tendency went for a while before the top management took notice of it and organized a disciplinary panel to look into the same.
The source added;
“When the top management took notice, that caused friction between her and them. There was actually a disciplinary panel set up to look into her conduct, and colleagues she closely worked with said she would text them at 6 am, an hour to the start of her show, saying she won’t make it to work and request someone to hold her brief.”
Low show ratings was also attributed to her exit from the Lion’s Place headquartered radio station.
“The ratings had dipped over time compared to when she first joined the station and hence the show wasn’t attracting advertisement and based on her huge salary, it was deemed fit to let her contract run out and hire someone else.”
Kamene was reportedly earning over Ksh 500,000 per month.
The radio presenter joined Kiss FM in 2019 alongside content creator Andrew Kibe who would leave the Radio Africa Group station in 2020.
Kibe was apparently fired to accommodate Jalang’o who had just left his job at Mediamax-owned radio station, Milele FM.
Kamene hosted the show alongside Jalang’o who later resigned to vie for the Lang’ata Parliamentary seat.
While before joining Kiss FM, Kamene was working at Kevin Mulei’s NRG Station alongside Kibe.
Her exit was marred by controversy after NRG Radio moved to court to block the transition accusing Kamene of taking up a new job before the lapse of the non-compete period in the contract she had signed.
Kamene will be replaced by radio presenter Sheila Kwamboka, alias Kwambox who was poached from Homeboyz Radio.
According to the Group’s Chief Operating Officer, Martin Khafafa, Kwamboka was a great addition to the team following her over 20 years of experience in the media industry.
“Her addition will give listeners a chance to enjoy bigger, better, more engaging radio. We have a number of stations, the program controllers will incorporate her into the program over the next couple of days,” Khafafa said.