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Mbale Based Radio Station Suspends Staff Citing Covid19 Lockdown

“You are advised to stay in your homes to avoid the deadly infection of Covid19. You may use this time to focus on your other personal productive activities as we wait,” the letter reads.
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The Mbale based Signal FM Radio station has suspended all staff due to the Covid19 pandemic.  In his April 20th, 2020 letter, Gamal Munywagwa, the Managing Director Kantivuma Broadcasting Services, directs all staff members to stay home so as to prevent the spread of Corona virus.

“You are advised to stay in your homes to avoid the deadly infection of Covid19. You may use this time to focus on your other personal productive activities as we wait,” the letter reads. 

Adding that, “Only the cleaner, security, receptionist and the radio traffic officer respectively may be allowed to tidy up, secure, touch base and to keep scheduling the daily music play lists and the few ads and mentions that we still have,” reads the letter.

Munywagwa also informs the staff that management will be unable to pay them salaries for May and June. “Management wishes to inform all senior managers, heads of department and all individual staff members that effective 1st May/ 2020 to 30th July 2020 we will not be able to pay for any individual service offered by our dedicated staff at the station due to the uncertain cash flows” the letter reads.

He also indicates that management will not be able to pay for any statutory fees for any staff member and that this will be reviewed at the end of July 2020 if the situation normalizes.  The letter however suggests that anyone willing to do voluntary work at the station is welcome but should do it in writing. 

The Mbale District Labour Officer, Sidra Wabomba wants the station management to pay staff their salary arrears and package to sustain them during the lockdown. “You can’t just send someone at home without anything. He should have paid them their arrears if any and also given them a package that will make them survive during this period” she said. She called upon any employee with a complaint to check on her in her office.

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