By Mackay Okori
Privately owned Radio station, Voice of Teso 88.4 F.M, has sacked about seven of its staff, this contemporary online newspaper has learnt.
The radio that has been on air since 1998 is owned by the NRM party vice chairman Eastern region, Captain Mike Mukula, also the former Soroti municipality MP.
Among the sacked staff include, sub-editor Eddy Enuru, Garvas Eduku of children’s program, David Oila and Robert Aleper all Ateso news anchors, who are also joint presenters of Acelas Ajaasi program.
TND News has learned that the affected staff were employees who have worked for Mike Mukula’s radio, which has also, in recent years faced money crisis and cited for ‘unpaid’ taxes for over six years.
A reporter at the company who spoke to TND News on condition of anonymity, said the seven staff were sacked after a tip off that they are to join a new radio station in Bukedea town called MaMa F.M.
The reporter says that the fired staff were planning to tender their resignation letters to join their new place of work.
Though some of the remaining presenters are celebrating the departure of their colleagues, other are threatening to quit, too.
“The people (audience) who have been followers of the expelled staff call to find out why some presenters have disappeared from air,” one of the employees said.
He said the listeners were asking why the radio was playing music in some of the key programs.
Stanly Okello, the assistant station manager declined to comment on the matter.
“My hands are tied, the order to do so came from above since am also under someone’s supervision,” he briefly told our reporter.
Efforts to get a comment from Captain Mike Mukula, the proprietor was futile by press time as his telephone number known to our reporter was off.
David Oila, sacked staff, acknowledged receipt of the dismissal letter tough he didn’t unearth details.
On whether he and his colleagues are set to join a new radio station in Bukedea district, he (Oila) said it’s true, adding that they are just left with few days to go.
“Our termination is an attempt by the management to cover up shame which was about to come following our move to tender our resignations,” stated Oila
Teso Lolo program which was broadcast by David Oila popularly known as DVD every Saturday, from 5am to 10am, has been given to Joseph Egau known by his studio name as Joseph the sports man.
Charles Akereu, the in charge traffic has also been given another task, to read Ateso news in a bid to fill the gap left by Oila and Charles Aleper.