BY NT CORRESPONDENT.
Over 350 security guards of Kenya Kazi United States Embassy have protested the manner in which their employer decided to dismiss them over an alleged Sh 1 billion disputed overtime allowance arrears.
The guards who streamed to Milimani Law Court’s, said that their employer has acted arbitrary and unlawfully by terminating their employment without basis.
While addressing journalists through their elected representatives Charles Waweru, Abednego Mutua and Charles Oluoch said that they want the orders issued on March 26,2013 by the court awarding them their dues be complied with.
They said that since the court issued the orders six years ago their employer have failed to comply with same directions that they be paid their allowance arrears.
KK security services was acquired by Canadian firm Garda World Protective Services which is the World largest privately owned security company with leading bases all over the world making it lucrative financial again.
The Guards claims that in 2002 KK security was awarded a contract by the United States to provide security services to its Embassy Headquarters in Nairobi and to officials residence to its diplomats working in Kenya pursuant to their specifications.
Waweru said that kK security and their employer have had protected disputes over the aspects of Union representation, recognition of union payment of overtime and commuter allowances.
He said that they have evidence that the federal Government of the United States of America on January 23,2019 released US dollars 1.1 million, the amount has not been paid to the guards.The representative said that the wrongful dismissal by the guards has resulted to over 300 families being left in the cold as the source of their livelihoods no longer exist.
“The US Embassy and all its diplomats working in Kenya are now at risk as the dismissal has brought to major security lapse does exposing them to security threat,” said Waweru.