By Jairus Okware
Citizen TV editors are under siege once again after Sonko Rescue Team staff took to the streets on Wednesday over an alleged fake story published on th Citizen TV website indicating the volunteers are on strike over an eight-month unpaid salaries.
The over 2,000 SRT staff protested from the city’s Central Business District up to Kilimani outside the head offices of Royal Media Services. Carrying placards and twigs the SRT members who have been credited for ending the Evans Kidero garbage menace in Nairobi, accused Citizen TV editors of being used by cartels linked to the former governor to sabotage current governor Mike Sonko’s administration.
The SRT protesters are now demanding for an apology from Citizen TV for claiming that they haven’t been paid their dues for the last 8 months. “We have never missed our daily allowances since we started volunteering for SRT and we’ll continue to volunteer with hopes of being absorbed in bits by the Nairobi County government when vacancies arise,” said Hillary Mwende a member of the group.
“We want those who are blackmailing us to cause a rift between the SRT members and governor Sonko that they won’t succeed because the boss has been very cooperative with us even after we offered to volunteer in his Operation Ngarisha Jiji,” said John Mwangi a member of the group.
In the controversial story published on 19, Tuesday December, Citizen TV claimed SRT staff staged a major demonstration outside City Hall over unpaid dues.
In a quick rejoinder on the same day, Sonko termed the claims by Citizen TV as “malicious, far fetched and obviously fake news” adding that he has already paid SRT members all their allowances contrary to the hyped story which was widely shared on the social media by Citizen TV editors.