7 December 2017

Kenya: Kisumu Workers Demand That Breweries Hires 70% Locals

Hundreds of casual workers at Kenya Breweries Limited have staged a protest outside the company's Kisumu offices, demanding that 70 per cent jobs in the area should be given to locals.

The workers said the KBL plant has been giving opportunities to non-residents from other counties.


They sat outside the gates of the plant for the better part of the morning in protest.

Deputy Governor Mathews Owili said jobs that can be sourced locally should be given to locals.

"We are going to formulate a committee that will recruit residents for the opportunities that the EABL plant will provide," said Dr Owili.

"The committee will comprise of representative from the county government, office of the area MCA, MP and two members of the community."

Dr Owili said the workers should do a fresh registration with the proposed committee to root out claims of biased recruitment.


"We want to know the total number of people and skills they have for recruitment. The office will be situated outside the premises for fair recruitment of our people," he said.

Railways MCA David Arao said the plant should give 70 per cent of the jobs to locals.

KBL officials were not immediately available for comment although they were holding a meeting at the offices during the protests.

KBL, part of the East African Breweries Ltd, plans to open a Keg brewing plant in Kisumu next year.

The Sh15 billion plant has given hope to jobless locals on the prospects of securing employment. But the company, which said the new plant could provide up to 110,000 new jobs, said earlier it will announce plans on how it will recruit staff.


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