Kitale: Activist records statement over death threats

Kitale based rights activist Silas Wafula who has recorded a statement with police following death threats. Photo/courtesy

One of the petitioners in a case that saw the employment of more than 40 employees at the county assembly of Trans Nzoia terminated late last year fears for his life after receiving death threats.

Silas Wafula, a rights activist, was among the petitioners who filed the petition which saw the 48 dismissed by the labour court in Eldoret on grounds that their employment was not done in line with law.

“I got wind of plans to assassinate me following  a meeting  held last week. I have recorded a statement with the police, who have launched investigations into the matter,” said Mr. Wafula.

He however said he will not be cowed by the threats to relent in his efforts to ensure the court judgement is affected to the effect alleging there is a ploy to have some of the former employees brought back.

“We are aware that there is a plan to re-absorb some of the dismissed employees through backdoor means. We are determined to ensure this does not happen by seeking legal redress,” he said.

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Trouble began in 2016 when the dismissed employees who were employed alongside others on a contract basis were adopted on permanent terms while leaving out their colleagues who were sent off.

Judge Nelson Abuodha ruled that the county assembly was wrong to employ 48 staff on permanent and pensionable terms with the exclusion of others since it was discriminatory and amounted to unfair labor practices.

“The court hereby declares that the appointment of 48 employees of the county Assembly on July 1, 2016 as employees on permanent and pensionable terms to the exclusion of the six was discriminatory and amounted to unfair labor practices “said the Judge.

Among those who were left out are Mike Musungu, Moses Fwamba, Benard Kwalia (Hansard recorders), David Musundi, Valentine Byego(Committee clerks) and Benda Pukose(Sergeant at arm).