Munya Milimo spoke for the first time about his suspension in which he blamed station manager, Tinashe Chiname for victimising Disc Jockeys at the youth oriented radio station.
“It is true that I was suspended. The reasons that these guys are citing are that I failed to attend a production meeting and the other absurd one is that I answer phone calls during my radio shifts. Well what would radio be without that interactivity,” Munya told Radio VOP.
Munya said there was a culture of intimidation that has seen most DJs contemplating leaving, as a result Power FM had advertised for auditions in fear of an exodus.
Munya said he was not sure if this time around his romance with the station will be revived as he was given an indefinite suspension.
In July last year, DJ Munya was suspended pending dismissal, by Power FM for giving business mogul. Philip Chiyangwa, free air time.
The Harare DJ, who broadcasts from Pockets Hills in the capital, was served with his suspension letter following investigations by the radio station. DJ Munya was allegedly receiving kick backs from the corporate world, in return from free advertising on his Drive Time (3-6pm) shift.
He refutes the allegations.
‘It is not helpful that I can be suspended for not attending a production meeting when in fact everyone knew I was on a family affair mission during that period.”
He added that he felt there was too much meddling with people “who just want to do their job.”
Munya follows DJ Squilla who was fired for coming to work drunk and using inappropriate language during his shift.
Another DJ, Brighton Chitanha aka DJ Mailman last year was relieved of his duties after he failed to turn up for a disciplinary hearing. Chitanha was facing several charges, among them being absent from work without authority.
A month after Scott Matengambiri aka DJ Scott was also fired after it was discovered that he went for job hunting in South Africa and failed to return to the station, when his leave days had lapsed.
Morale is at its lowest ebb at the radios station due to poor salaries and the high rate of suspensions.