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Koskei accused of playing politics with retrenchees' pay

21 November 2013, 10:37 Wilshere

Nakuru - Former pyrethrum workers in Nakuru town have accused Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Felix Koskei, of playing politics with the salaries of workers retrenched in 2009.

The ex-workers said the Cabinet Secretary promised to address their plight and yet he has been avoiding them.

Speaking on Wednesday at Nyayo Gardens in Nakuru during a meeting, the spokesperson of the retrenched workers, Haron Tinga, said Koskei should come out clearly over the matter.

“It is very sad to see the man that we hoped would resolve our problems playing politics,” Tinga said.

Tinga said it is regrettable to see over 400 former workers of pyrethrum languishing in poverty yet the government had promised to pay them.

He said so far, eight of their members have died due to illnesses since most of them could not afford basic health services.

Tinga also noted that most of their members have families that depend on them and that it is only wise for the government to pay them their dues.

“Most of our members are living in very deplorable conditions,” he said.

During the meeting, it was resolved that the Cabinet Secretary should expedite the process of paying the ex-workers, failure to which they will stage a massive demonstration to the Ministry of Agriculture offices.

The retrenchees further said that it is their constitutional right to demand their salaries.

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