Veteran journalist Peter Opondo has come out to publicly admit that he was recently fired as the Editor for Strategy and Content as well as the Broadcast Editor at the Mombasa Road based Standard Group Limited.
In a post on his Linkedin page, Opondo narrated how he was fired by the media house without being informed what he had done wrong while he was still on a 6-month probation.
Peter Opondo. PHOTO/COURTESY
The former Citizen Tv and K24 strategy boss said he had only been told by the company linked to the Moi family that he had been terminated for "unsatisfactory performance".
Here is his full post:
“I was sacked!
Life isn't all about highs, sometimes it's about lows. We rarely talk about our lows, so let me share mine. This past week, the Standard Group PLC sacked me.
I have worked for many employers over the past 20 years...it is the first time I am terminated for "unsatisfactory performance". There was no formal appraisal or feedback, there was no documentation or minutes about my alleged performance shortcomings, there was never discussion with or feedback from my boss, there was no PIP.
Just a sacking letter. The HR honcho just told me my boss didn't think I was the right person for the job. Fair enough, every boss is entitled to their own opinion.
What about facts? They then asked me to either sign the termination letter or resign on my own volition to "protect my professional reputation" - so that the company can announce I left to pursue "personal interests".
I chose to embrace my sacking. I was fired. It is what it is. This is nothing to be ashamed about...it's someone's opinion about me, it doesn't change who I am. I am pretty sure I will be vindicated soon...so I own my low, and learn from it.
What doesn't kill you makes you strong. Fail early, fail often, fail forward. It is life! #leadership #lifeadvice.”
Opondo has been credited with revamping and modernising the newsrooms at Citizen tv owned by Royal Media Services (RMS) and K24 owned and managed by Mediamax Limited when he served in the two companies as a media consultant.