Kenya Power Employees Threaten To Go On Strike in Three Weeks Time

KEY POINTS

  • Kenya powers employees have threatened to go on strike after three weeks if the board of management is not disbanded.
  • Through their union, Kenya Electrical Trades & Allied Workers’ Union (KETAWU), the workers have accused the board of hijacking its affairs.
  • They further accused the board of perpetrating procurement irregularities at Kenya Power by pushing for their self-interests.

Kenya powers employees have threatened to go on strike after three weeks if the board of management is not disbanded.

Through their union, Kenya Electrical Trades & Allied Workers’ Union (KETAWU), the workers have accused the board of hijacking the company’s affairs.

They further accused the board of perpetrating procurement irregularities at Kenya Power by pushing for their self-interests.

The union pin pointed four of the board members namely Vivienne Yeda, Caroline Kittony, Elizabeth Rogo and Sachen Gudka accusing them of pushing for contracts to Indian and Chinese owned firm.

“These are the four musketeers. They are characters hell bent on bringing down Kenya Power. Virtually, the management of Kenya Power is not operational. All of their work is now being done by the board,” said KETAWU Secretary General Ernest Nadome.

KETAWU also expressed it anger on the side stepping of management by the board which arranged an unprecedented 114 meetings in a single financial year.

“Before any tender is advertised by management, the four members of the board have pre-shared key information with preferred tenderprenuers. This is a violation of the Public Procurement Act,” added Nadome.

Additionally, the workers claimed that the board has ignored their welfare yet they are expected to deliver quality service.

“The board is not supportive of employee’s welfare yet it expects quality service delivery. The employees are extremely demoralized. There has been no promotions for long servicing staff while contract and casual laborers have not been converted to permanent staff as agreed upon with management,” Nadome said.

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