Thirteen former Kenya Power employees have joined the millionaires club over companies blunder which happened over six years ago.
Labour Court has awarded them, a total of Sh135,298,934 as compensation for unlawful retrenchment from the company.
The money is set to carter for their constructive redundancy package of two months’ salary for each year worked in Kenya Power.
Justice Maureen Onyango made the decision after a thorough calculation and computation in accordance with labour laws of Kenya. Much of her decision was also informed by Justice Hellen Wasilwa ruling in February 2020 which established that the former employees were entitled to be paid a redundancy package after being retrenched.
The thirteen lost their jobs after Kenya Power carried out some reorganizations in 2015. The company offered them an option of early retirement after being axed. With no other options on the table, the 13 decided to apply Voluntary Early Retirement (VER).
In that judgment, the former employees are named: Raphael Njoroge Mwaura, Samuel Migwi Theuri, Mary Waeni Wambua, Anne Elizabeth Owuor, Charles Lwanga Ooko, Charles Thinwa Mathenge, Cleophas Simiyu Wekesa, and Florence Kirimania Obura.
Others are Godfrey Kigarie Gathige, James Ngugi Njuguna, Joshua Kamau Mwangi, Nathaniel Waithaka Wanyagi and Samuel Njoroge Njogu.
Each will most likely take home a total of Sh1 million following the ruling which has been long coming.
This is a setback to Kenya Power which is struggling financially. The company has been recording losses after losses. This has been attributed to the lack of accountability and poor service delivery.
Most Kenyans have been pushed to prefer the use of Solar over Kenya power due to their inefficiency in service delivery. Also, high charges have pushed most Kenyans to seek an alternative source of energy.
Kenya Power has since tried to formulate steps aimed at reversing fate.