Radio Africa Group will countersue former Homeboyz presenter Shaffie Weru for breach of contract and negligence.
In its case, Radio Africa and its subsidiary Homeboyz Radio 2017 Limited shall be asking the court for damages of KSh150 million for loss of business and reputational damage of the companies’ brands.
This is a response to Shaffie Weru’s lawyers who had earlier on demanded KSh21 million as compensation for unfair and unlawful termination of his employment contract. Weru had threatened to sue the company if it does not meet his demands.
Sheffie Weru made a comment on-air surrounding an incident where a woman was physically assaulted by being thrown off the 12th floor of a building, after rejecting a man’s sexual advances.
The comments were deemed insensitive and inappropriate, causing a public outcry.
Radio Africa now argues that Shaffie Weru contravened company policies and his employment contract, and as per the terms of his contract such action leads to the “immediate” termination of his services.
“His actions were unconscionable and amount to severe gross misconduct. He should have known better having been in the media industry for 18 years and receiving continuous training on media regulators’ programming codes, broadcasting regulations and codes of conduct and ethics. Including a very recent training by the Media Council of Kenya in February 2021 which covered: Ethics and Code of Conduct, Fake news and Fact checking, Interview skills, Conflict Sensitive Journalism, Hate Speech Dilemma in media, On-air presentation skills,” Radio Africa says.
The company received a major financial blow after East African Breweries Limited (EABL) paused its adverts with Radio Africa as a result of the public outcry.
The Communication Authority also slapped Radio Africa with hefty fines and disciplinary actions as a result of those comments.
They include; a penalty of Ksh1,000,000, a six-month suspension of the “offending” morning show, staff of the station undergo training and sensitization on gender issues, staff of the station undergo training on the Programming Code by the Authority among others.