Man seeks Ksh1.3M from Ineet Millers Eldoret after unfair dismissal!

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“Through lawyer Henry Kenei, the company argued that Shikutwa was
busted alongside two other employees while stealing maize”

 Chemia Sikutwa a former Employee at the High Court Eldoret

A former employee of Eldoret based Ineet Millers limited wants the
company to pay him sh 1.3 million as compensation for unfair and
wrongful termination of his service.

Chemia Sikutwa, who was a former machine operator for the company,
wants the court to compel the firm to pay him the money for
terminating his service without any notice or legal justification.

Shikutwa through his lawyer Joseph Oyaro told Justice Maureen Onyango
sitting at the Eldoret Labour court that the company failed to follow
due process before sending him packing from the company where he had
worked for four years.

The former worker who testified in court told the presiding Judge that
he was employed at the company in February 2014 on a sh
10,800 monthly salary.

He told the court that he joined the Kenya Union of Commercial and
Food Allied Worker as a member, something that did not please his
employer.

This he said, was the genesis of his bad blood with the company
management which started to issue threats and intimidations so as to
force him to revoke his membership.

“When I refused to revoke my membership in the union, the company
management made good its threat to dismiss me from my job as machine
operator,” he told the court.

Shikutwa said he was falsely accused of stealing 4 bags of maize,
arrested  and detained at the Eldoret central police station before he
was released without any charges being preferred against him

Shikutwa argued that the termination of his employment had caused him
and family untold suffering.

He accused the company’s management of using framed up theft charges
against him, leading to his arrest by detectives attached to the
directorate of criminal investigations department.

But the company in its defense against the accusations leveled at it
by Shikutwa, said they dismissed him from service after he was
implicated in the theft of the 4 bags of maize belonging to the
company.

Through lawyer Henry Kenei, the company argued that Shikutwa was
busted alongside two other employees while stealing the maize and
arrested before being handed over to the police.

Kenei said suspects including Shikutwa were arraigned in court where
they faced the charge of stealing maize and were sentenced to serve
one year at Eldoret GK prison.

The court heard that the accused persons completed their sentence two
months ago.

Justice Onyango adjourned the case for further hearing on October 19.

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