Night Guard Earns Kshs171, 000 After Being Dismissed Unfairly From Work.

KEY POINTS

  • A night guard who was unfairly dismissed from work after asking for directions to take a short call will be paid Kshs171, 000.
  • Justice Bernard Odongo ruled that the security firm had acted without fairness when it decided to fire Johnson Otieno Ogola.
  • The court further said that there was nothing to prove that the guard had gone for leave during the two years of service.

A night guard who was unfairly dismissed from work after asking for directions to take a short call will be paid Kshs171, 000.

This is after the Nairobi Employment and Labor Court ordered Hatari Security Guards Limited to pay the guard the amount of money as compensation.

Justice Bernard Odongo ruled that the security firm had acted without fairness when it decided to fire Johnson Otieno Ogola.

The judge established that Ogola’s termination did not follow a fair procedure hence declaring that his contract of service was terminated unlawfully.

The court further said that there was nothing to prove that the guard had gone for leave during the two years of service.

In his ruling, Justice Odongo also noted that Ogola was underpaid as the wage order provided for a minimum of Kshs10, 954 for a watchman in Nairobi and its environs.

The court said that the total wage bill should have been Kshs12, 597.90 with house allowance inclusive. The court ruled that the total underpayment which cover house allowance was Kshs73, 303.

In another court case, a 37-year old woman was arraigned at Milimani Law Courts for allegedly stealing over Kshs834, 000 from the Kenya Defence Forces’ canteen.

According to the charge sheet, Faith Njoki Gachagua dishonestly received Kshs834,098 in her Equity bank account from defence forces.

“Faith Njoki Gachagua you are charged that on May 27, 2020, at Equity Bank in Kitale within the republic of Kenya dishonesty received Kshs834,098 in your account number 0330279823167 in the name of Asper Kenya domiciled at Equity bank Kitale branch knowing or having reasons to believe them to be stolen goods,” read part of the charge sheet.

The accused pleaded not guilty before magistrate Martha Nazushi and was ordered to pay a bond of Kshs600,000 or an alternative cash bail of Ksh200,000.

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