Church employee demands KES 6 million for unfair dismissal
17 June 2015, 09:27
Nakuru - I was verbally laid off without any notice or letter, a former employee of the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru told the Nakuru Employment and labour relations court Tuesday.
Vincent Omollo Obuom, a former peer counselling project co-ordinator told Justice Stephen Radido that he was wrongfully dismissed from office without fair hearing.
The 44-year-old catholic faithful who was testifying in a case of unlawful dismissal said that he received verbal instructions from Father Michael Muriuki to vacate his office.
Omollo told the court that the contract he had signed with the church on January 2009 which was to end on January 5, 2014 was terminated prematurely on July 30, 2012.
“My contract was terminated and l was denied all my dues despite having worked for them for 20 years since 1992,” Omollo told court, adding that the church never gave reasons for his sacking.
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The man moved to court demanding KES 6 million for alleged unfair dismissal.
He wants compensation for wrongful dismissal, alleged underpayments, certificate of service, leave allowances and other allowances he was entitled to for the period he claimed to have worked for the church.
He is also seeking gratuity of 25 percent of his basic salary.
The court also heard that efforts to have the matter settled out of court have been fruitless as parties in the case failed to reconcile.
Father Michael Muriuki, a Financial administrator with the church who also testified in court, claimed that Omollo’s service was not terminated unfairly and accused him of absconding duty.
The priest told the court that the complainant had started being ‘elusive’ in carrying out his assigned duties before he withdrew from service.
He urged the court to dismiss the suit forthwith.
During the hearing of the suit Tuesday, it also emerged that during Omollo’s tenure, the church lost over KES 5 million that was meant to facilitate the counselling programme.
According to Father Muriuki, the anormally was discovered after a forensic audit that combed through the church’s books of account.
He however disclosed that the church leadership’s efforts to trace the money were frustrated by Omollo, who could not co-operate.
Further hearing of the matter was slated for July 16.
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