We are in a state of utter helplessness and despair, K24 employees have told President Uhuru Kenyatta, following their struggles in the company.
The employees have been engaged in a push and pull with their employer over salary cuts prompting a court case that the latter lost.
In the letter, the employees say they have been neglected by the company associated with the first family, despite the President cushioning employees in other sectors.
“Since the beginning of the crisis, we have seen you personally institute measures to cushion Kenyans against the economic shocks that came with it. However, at Mediamax, the esteemed organization that’s associated with your family has shown nothing but utter disdain for its biggest driving force – its staff. Unlike other companies that held dialogue with their employees through the painful but unavoidable measures, the Acting Chief Executive Officer, Ken Ngaruiya, was unilateralist in his approach,” says the company.
According to the letter, employees who moved to court to defend their rights have gone without pay for more than two months and this has exposed them and families to untold suffering, financial insecurity and psychological distress.
“It is this callous attitude and failure to engage the workers that has precipitated a crisis that now threatens the future of the MNL (Mediamax Network Limited) brand,” they add.
The letter adds that Mr Ngaruiya has resorted to blackmail, intimidation and other cheap maneuvers. He has not only delayed salaries, but withheld pay for those he has labeled enemies for going to court. He has also ignored court orders claiming that he is untouchable.
“It is primitive, retrogressive, and abhorrent for the acting CEO to subject innocent employees to abuse and cruelty to satisfy his weird sadistic impulses. To save the company, kindly order an audit of the books. We believe that beneath this cruelty and arrogance, is a well-calculated scheme to cover the plunder of MNL,” says the letter.
The employees allege that the company has not been remitting PAYE, NSSF, NHIF, and now want investigations launched.
“It is only your personal intervention that can stop the CEO from hammering the last nail on the coffin of the company that has been in a tailspin ever since he joined. Save as from this tyranny, for, just like you, we are people’s children, siblings, spouses and close relations too,” the employees pleaded.