Kajiado MCAs have told East African Portland Cement to rescind its decision to retrench workers from the county or else it stops its operations.
They are Henry Kimiti (Poka/Kenyewa), Joshua Olowuasa (Kaputiei North), Dickson Nkaloyo (Matapato North) and Francis Kaesha (Oloosirkon) who said the company gets raw materials from their wards.
Olowuasa, in a statement he read, said the three other leaders with him are concerned that casual workers from their wards have been ‘targeted’ in the ongoing retrenchment at the company.
The Kaputiei North MCA issued the statement in Kitengela town.
EAPCC said on Friday it had sent out 120 letters to the targeted workers, with other claims from within saying that before the latest letters, some 200 workers had earlier received their letters.
But EAPCC CEO Peter ole Nkeri through a spokesman from the corporate department and who did not wish to be named, said the company is only aware of 120 letters sent out to employees whose contract are expiring at the end of June.
The spokesman, however, confirmed the company is targeting to lay off 400 workers by the end of the moth through the direction of the board.
“What is happening here is that we have a bloated workforce and the company will close shop if we retain the whole lot,” said.
He went on; “There are those whose retirement period is about to lapse, those with pending disciplinary cases and a big number serving in contractual arrangement will have their contracts ended.
“The company has seen its cement production halted, cement stocks depleted and staff salaries delayed over the last 8 months,” said the manager.
He added that; “Our Company reported a loss of US$9.58 million in the second half of 2017 from a loss of US$2.45million in the same period in 2016. This has forced the MD, Peter ole Nkeri, to act on orders of the board to cut down the number of worker in the company.”
But the MCAs insisted that the company has sacked all the casuals from the county, and warned that for EAPCC to continue operating in Kajiado it has to re-employ they have sacked.
“We cannot be given a raw deal in this and yet this company benefits immensely from our raw materials. There has to be some civil way of doing business here or they close shop permanently,” said Olowuasa.
The company’s plan to sell part of its land in April, this year, in Athi River at about US100 million to the government to remain solvent was stopped by the board.
It had started discussion to sell over 14, 000 acres of land to the newly established Special Economy Zones Authority but the idea was watered down by the board, said the manager.
Our efforts to reach out to Nkeri for further comments hit a dead end when he did not pick our calls or even respond to our messages. He was appointed CEO on August 4, 2016 to take over from Kephar Tande.
Meanwhile, Kaputiei North MCA, Joshua Olowuasa yesterday toured a broken section of Jamii Bora Estate road, whose 70 meters was damaged by recent rains and pledged to seek funds for its repair.
Olowuasa thanked a local investor, Lucy Murira, for her effort in repairing the road. He told the area residents on Sunday he has already consulted with the county CECM for roads with a view to repairing the damaged section.
The MCA also presided over the ground-breaking for Ole Lenku Township Primary in Isinya and announced that he had with the county governor Joseph ole Lenku found sponsors to construct 8 classrooms, administration block and teachers’ houses within a period of 5 months.
“We relocated the school from a slum area to a five-acre plot at Multipurpose Training Centre recently. Once the work is done, the governor will officially open it,” said Olowuasa.