East African Portland Cement Managing Director Simon Peter Ole Nkeri may be jailed for refusing to reinstate workers he earlier sacked.
He is facing a contempt of court case which is as a result of a decision by a labour disputes court tasking him with the responsibility of giving back five workers whom he had sent packing.
The labour court said that they had been dismissed unlawfully.
The five want their MD jailed for six months for disobeying the court order requiring him to reinstate them to work after a judge set aside their dismissal five months ago.
Justice Hellen Wasilwa had directed that Mr Benjamin Mwendwa Ndauiti, Ibrahim Mugo, Evans Abuga, Desmond Owiyo and Felix Vunga, be reinstated saying that they were dismissed unfairly and for lack of adequate reasons and failure to follow due procedure before termination.”
The Judge had warned that any disobedience or noncompliance with the decree would result in automatic penal consequences.
Through their lawyer Edward Oonge they say that, “The MD has refused to comply with the judgment and decree of this court which actions amount to flagrant disobedience of the law.
Mr Nkeri’s conduct is an affront to the powers vested in the court, they hold.
The workers also claim a compensation salary in damages.
The MD has only seven days to show cause why he should not be committed to civil jail.