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Racist SGR Bosses Now Gag Kenyan Employees with Secrecy Contracts

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SGR staffers and engineers are allegedly being forced to sign non-disclosure agreements in a bid to cover racism claims labelled against them by media investigations.

Early this week, reports emerged that the Chinese contractors running the multi-billion project have been mistreating Kenyan staffers.

Among the allegations was underpayment, racial discrimination and tax evasion through P9 forms given to their staff.

Kenyan experts hired to receive training from the Chinese with the aim of taking over have been reduced to menial workers and ceremonial assistants even as more Chinese workforce is imported to run the project.

Read: Kenya Railways Launches Probe On Chinese SGR Operator Over Racism Claim

Most of the Machines and communication also remained in Chinese, blocking out most Kenyans.

Responding to the reports, Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) launched investigations into the alleged mistreatment of local employees.

KRC Managing Director Atanas Maina has said that the Chinese contractor will be probed for the recent allegations made in the media, and if found guilty “action will be taken in accordance with the contract between us and the operator and in accordance with the laws of Kenya.”

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Written by Francis Muli

Senior reporter at Kahawa Tungu, Muli has a passion for human interest stories. He believes in unearthing societal rots that have been hidden from the public eye. He has also carved himself a niche in writing business stories. He has worked for various organisations including Kenya Television Service, Business Today among others. Follow him on Twitter @FmuliKE.

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