30 November 2012

Kenya: Kitui Council Work Boycott Enters Day Four

The work boycott by the Kitui County Council staff entered its fourth day yesterday as the strikers insisted they will not budge until treasurer Alfred Kitoo is removed.

Led by Kenya Local Government Workers Union Kitui branch officials Joseph Mulei and Christine Kasiva, the workers started the work boycott on Monday and have been holding a sit-in at the council's mechanical department yard.

The boycott has not only denied the public service, but has cost the council thousands of shillings in revenue as the council operations remain paralysed.

Attempts by the clerk Micheal Kimwele to convince the workers to resume duty as the council look into their grievances were futile.

The workers applauded when Kimwele announced he had not been moved from the council as alleged by some councillors.

He told the workers the provincial local government boss on Wednesday "has assured me that I have not been transferred".

He promised that he will officially communicate their grievances to the Local Government's top hierarchy for appropriate action.

But Kasiva, who is the council's KLGWU secretary, told Kimwele the workers will not go back to work until the local government removed Kitoo from the council.

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