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Senator protests against factory closure as 10,000 employees lose jobs

Dominic Keino
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Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura at a past event. He has asked the Senate Labour and Social Welfare Committee to probe the matter. [Source/ Isaac Mwaura]

Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura has called for the reinstatement of 10,000 employees who lost their jobs following the closure of Angels Hair Company in Ruiru.

In a post on his official Facebook page, the senator demanded the reopening of the factory, noting that the sacked employees, most of whom are mothers, do not have other sources of income.

"All the 10,000 Ruiru, Angels employees that have been sent home should be reinstated with immediate effect as from Monday next week. Their families depend on these jobs most of them being mothers," read Mwaura's post in part. 

He further noted that the company plays an important role not only in Kiambu but in the economy of the entire country.

The vocal legislator argued that the company's closure goes against President Uhuru Kenyatta's Big Four Agenda, which aims at promoting manufacturing in the country.

"Angels hair company plays a critical role in our Ruiru, Kiambu and the country's economy. The closure of such a key factory goes against the President's pillar of manufacturing under the big four agenda," said Mwaura on Friday.

Mwaura called upon his colleagues at the Senate to probe the matter, arguing that investors in the country should be allowed to enjoy a harassment-free business environment.

"The Senate  Labour and Social Welfare Committee should investigate this issue further. No one should harass or intimidate any investor for whatever reasons," he added.

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