Assembly passes motion to compel government to compensate sacked employees

Vihiga County Assembly has passed a motion to compel the government to compensate more than 800 contract workers who had been sacked.

During a special sitting, all the 33 MCAs present supported the motion which will ensure the contractual workers who were laid off are either reinstated or given a sendoff package.

When tabling the motion before the house, Lugaga-Wamuluma Ward MCA, Victor Ejaiga said that in as much as the Assembly supports an effective county government work force, due procedure needed to have been followed while relieving the workers.

The Assembly will not support a government that does not respect the rule of law. It has to respect the rights of employees and on that note I ask the Assembly to compel the County Secretary to reinstate the sacked workers or give them a sendoff package, he stressed.

When seconding the motion, leader of majority, Wycliffe Masini questioned how the County could sack workers in the name of reducing the wage bill, yet close to Sh 1.3 B was returned to the treasury in the last financial year.

These people have really assisted to maintain the hygiene on our markets. Since they were sacked the situation is unbearable. We were told that the intention of cutting down the number of employees was to reduce the wage bill yet the County was unable to spend Sh 1.3 B in the last financial year, said Masini.

When coming into office, Governor Wilber Ottichilo took over a government that had more than 4000 employees and on several occasions he had stressed the need for a leaner, effective and efficient workforce.

Prior to termination of the contracts, County Secretary (CS), Francis Ominde had issued a communication to all the staff conveying the decision by the cabinet to cut short terms of all contractual workers by June 30, 2018.

The move affected both contractual employees whose contracts had expired before the said date and those whose terms of employment were still active.

Following passage of the motion, the CS has been given 60 days to recall the workers or work out a send off package.

Source: Kenya News Agency