Christian Life Church lead preacher and owner of Top Media, Pastor Jackson Ssenyonga is in the spotlight again over none payment of salaries to his employees
The latest from Bwaise is that workers of Top radio and TV who had chosen to lay down tools over nonpayment have called off the strike.
This was after Ssenyonga agreed to clear a fraction of some of the arrears.
Following Uganda Communications Commission and other government authorities involvement in the media house issues, employees were paid two months salary each irrespective of one’s arrears.
The said arrears were ranging from two, three and the highest at six months depending on when one joined.
“The exposing the rot there, things are slowly getting to normal. For now, it looks good from far and our prayer is that it’s not far from good,” Gabriel Buule, a media personality renown for fighting for journalists’ rights
Sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said that Pastor Ssenyonga deducted tithe offering off the arrears a thing that rubbed many in a wrong way.
Media personality Alex Bareija, alias Emeka Romantic Mukiga revealed that one of his friends who worked at Top TV made a shocking revelation to him.
“In that place (Top Radio and TV), a friend who worked on Top Radio told me that after 8 months of demanding salary, the pastor met each of them to pay but would first deduct tithe from the salary and pay the balance,” Emeka revealed.
Last year, Rick Ashaba, a former presenter at Top TV has dragged Top Media Group head Jackson Ssenyonga and general manager, Ronald Mubiru to the Labor and Social Development ministry over unpaid salary arrears.
Just like many out there, Ashaba was allegedly sacked by above mentioned after demanding his salary arrears worth over Shs 5 million for ten months.
“I am not a very poor journalist but I want to fight for my rights and save other journalists from being exploited. Many of my colleagues have worked and left Top Media Group cursing and some hate the journalism profession. This impunity must stop,” Ashaba noted last year.
Letter reference number MGLSD/LC/307/2021 signed by Hilda Nakagga on behalf of commissioner labour, industrial relations and productivity summoned Mubiru to respond to the complaints.
Pastor Ssenyonga is also battling a case of breach of contract against a city businessman called Bisaaso at the commercial court where the latter sued him for 5b