Two county nominated senators have vowed to fight on until justice prevails against ‘illegal’ staff retrenchment at East African Portland Cement Company Ltd.
On Monday, while at Kibini in Poka/Kenyewa Ward, during rite of passage (Emanyatta) for young morans, Senator Judith Pareno and her counterpart, Mary Seneta (Pictured above) confirmed their support for MP Peris Tobiko, who has stood against the laying off of 500 employees who mostly come from Kajiado East constituency.
“In this particular issue I will fully support Hon Tobiko to the end. This is because this is not about politics but about unemployment caused by the layoff to the already vulnerable youths in Kajiado East,” said Seneta.
Seneta, who was accompanied my Pareno of ODM party, said; “We cannot afford to have divided opinions on such weighty matters”.
She went on; “Mismanagement of public companies which extract minerals from our county, leaving a deplorable environment (Ing’umot nememanyayu) and earning millions out of it just to be plundered by a few board members and top personnel who live in posh estates in Nairobi shall not be allowed under our watch”.
The outspoken nominated senator, who is backing Tobiko for the first time after the last general elections, said this is neither about the current nor the previous management but the hundreds of youth sacked from the company, whether procedural or not.
“It is about the thousands of dependants and young families that have been left without any source of income despite the harsh economic environment,” added Seneta.
Pareno and Seneta said as leaders, they cannot afford to have a situation where both private and public companies extract resources and operate in our region, yet the locals do not benefit from the same.
“We will demand, as the leaders of this region, that all companies operating in our area must benefit the locals before other issues are taken in to consideration,” they said.
Seneta said; “A few weeks ago, I tabled on the floor of the senate a petition by the residents of Kaputiei North to force private companies in that area to employ locals, and I promise that we shall follow this to the end in ensuring that it is applied across all wards in our region”.
She urged all leaders of good will to have a unity of purpose on matters that affect, not just the current generation but also the poster generation. Let’s all be united for a better tomorrow, she added.
“I encourage all comrades, youth institutions and all leaders including opinion leaders and pastors not to keep quiet on issues concerning the region,” Seneta said.
Even as leaders take up the issue to another level, EAPCC MD Peter ole Nkeri who has refused to take call take calls or responds to questions from journalists, have remained mum as if the cries of many of his people hit the roof.
Nkeri, although not a man of many words, had been previously open to debate aimed at building the EAPCC. That has changed tremendously and those who had stood with him are now left confused what could have happened.