The Star (Nairobi)

20 November 2012

Kenya: Narok Staff Clash With Police

HUNDREDS of striking Narok County Council employees yesterday morning clashed with the police. The workers have been striking since last Wednesday to demand their salary arrears amounting Sh60 million.

They turned away the riot police who were carrying tear gas canisters and accused them of being used by councillors to harass them. The police left the council after the workers produced a letter they had written to Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere saying their is a peaceful strike.

The workers said there is a scheme by councillors to hold a full council meeting and sack them for striking. Narok branch chairman of the Kenya Local Government Workers Union, Koitaat ole Mereu vowed to continue with the stri their rightful demands aremet.

Mereu called for the transfer of the clerk and treasurer and new appointed in an accountable and transparent manner. "We will only dialogue once we have new clerk and treasurer," Mereu said. He said the council has failed to remit workers statutory, cooperative and welfare deductions .

"The council has become a den of corruption, nepotism, impunity and a source of lack of integrity to the community of Narok and Kenya as a whole," said Mureu.

Mereu urged the Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who is the supervisor of the all ministries, to intervene save the workers from the frustrations they are currently undergoing.

The chairman also noted they want justice, fairness, end to impunity, corruption and intimidation to enable the smoothly operations of the resource-rich council.

Yesterday, Maasai council of elders' chairman Kasaine ole Esho supported the workers' strike. He said that the workers should get their rights without intimidation and threats as required by the constitution.

Narok County Council Former Employees Association chairman James Dikirr also backed the strike saying that the institution has not paid the retirees Sh56 million.

"The salary arrears arose from two unimplemented Collective Bargaining Agreements dating back to 1993 and approved by council resolutions," said Dikirr.

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