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Striking council workers receive their pay

15 August 2013, 13:07 Rodgers Buluma

Mombasa - Mombasa county workers who on Wednesday stormed the streets demanding their delayed July salaries are expected go back to work after the county administration paid them.

The demonstrating county work force demanded payments of more than 700 individuals who had been promised to receive their July pay come 7 August.

Speaking to the media at the county buildings after the road demonstrations, the Mombasa county workers association interim chair lady Margaret Ambasa said that the workers decided to go to the streets after realising that the county administration had no plans of honouring their pledge.

The release of the wages has been confirmed by the Kenya Municipal Workers Union Mombasa branch secretary, Rashid Muteti.

Muteti said that the county administration had released salaries of at least 630 workers. The remaining 70 employees have not supplied their account details yet.

He added that the Mombasa county workers were prepared to go to court to seek orders to have the county administration given the responsibility of paying workers on time.

He said that it was not right for workers to be taking to the streets demanding their pay every time, yet they have been fulfilling their duties faithfully.

Muteti added that it was terrifying to have a large number of county employees stripped off their positions in the name of ghost workers and asked for the immediate publication of the findings of the auditing organisation.

He said this was in line with the statement by the Mombasa county governor, Ali Hassan Joho, who said that the county was in a state of debt due to a large number of ghost workers.

Mombasa county workers have been involved in a series of strikes since December last year, all triggered by their delayed payments.

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