New KCC Lays Off 288 Casual Workers Ahead of Uhuru Tour


Over 280 casual labourers affiliated to the New KCC have been lain off in Nyahururu, Laikipia County, in a restructing move.

In a letter dated February 29, Managing Director Simon Wanjangi said the contracts had been terminated with immediate effect “as there was not much production going on at the factory”.

“This is to inform you that due to the temporary stoppage of production operations in the factory, to give room for factory modernisation, the management has decided to terminate your services with immediate effect,” Wanjangi told the workers in the letter.

This comes days before a planned visit by President Uhuru Kenyatta next week to assess the progress of its expansion.

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In January, President Kenyatta ordered the disbursement of Ksh575 million for the expansion project and Ksh500 million for purchase of milk from farmers.

The workers are reading mischief, since farmers are still supplying milk to the company.

“There is no clear explanation as to why our services were terminated. We are reading mischief in the whole process and suspecting a hidden motive,” said Mr James Mwangi, the casual workers’ spokesperson.

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“Some of us have worked for as many as 10 years at the factory. The management does not want to employ us on a permanent basis as required by law,” he added.

The workers further noted that the factory recently employed other people on permanent basis.

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