Spectre International Limited which is linked to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has been taken to court by its former employees on allegations of failing to pay them more than Sh150 million for the services they rendered since 2007.
Among the various fees that the ex-workers of the company, which is situated along Kisumu-Busia Road, are demanding include Sh73,592,868 for salary arrears, Sh31,238,187 for provident funds deducted from their salaries, Sh11,474,727 Sacco dues and Sh35,669,847 for redundancy pay.
According to Mr Moses Omondi, who is the lawyer representing the ex-staff, the company had failed to pay them despite being notified of the lawsuit for breach of contract.
“Despite demand and notice to sue being issued to the respondent, the company has refused to pay claimants their dues,” Mr Omondi stated as quoted by the Nation.
“We took time and spoke with the management numerous times and the Ministry of Labour but nothing was done. We hope the courts will come to our rescue,” he added.
Appearing before Kisumu Employment and Labour Relations Court Judge Justice Nduma Nderi, the lawyer argued that the claimants were going through a tough time especially financial wise. He argued that some of the ex-workers had died from depression.
“We are suffering. Some have been evicted from their houses because they can no longer afford rent,” he stated.
The case will be mentioned on March 2, 2020.