From Chinese to Israelites and Indians, Kenyans are still suffering at the hands of foreigners in their own soil, Kahawa Tungu‘s investigative desk can authoritatively report.
The latest on the spot for mistreating Kenyans is Israeli company H Young & Co
(EA) Ltd, owned by an Israeli called Schwartzman.
The most affected are drivers, who are currently on a go-slow due to mistreatment by a number of Indians working in the company.
Our sources within the company intimate that the mid management is comprised of Indians headed by one Merybel. Under Merybel, the managers order for diesel for consumption by various vehicles and machines, but steal the same diesel and to cover up their tracks.
“They come up with ways to put the blame on drivers and operators. For example they give drivers unreasonable targets like demanding that vehicles over eight years old should go for 2.4km/l whereas the vehicle manufacturer has set it at 1.8km/l,” says one source who spoke to Kahawa Tungu on condition of anonymity.
To ensure that the blame lay squarely on the drivers, they went ahead to fit all trucks with fuel level sensor. Everyday emails are sent informing the drivers that in a day they’ve lost a certain amount of liters and will be deducted from their salary.
“Cumulatively you find that a big chunk of the drivers salary has been stolen e.g. if 200
drivers are deducted on average Ksh5,000 per month, that translates to Ksh1 million,” adds our source.
“The drivers lose the fuel in the line of duty, they don’t steal the fuel yet their hard earned money is stolen, and this is the sole reason there is an ongoing strike at Garsen of over 30 drivers.”
The striking drivers have been issued with warning letters and are set to be dismissed and new ones hired.
In a month, Kahawa Tungu learns that the company will summarily dismiss over 50 drivers and employ others.
Affected workers and members of the public are now calling upon the office of the DPP Noordin Haji, Interior CS Dr Fred Matiangi and the immigration office to investigate how and Indians came all the way to issue fuel in Kenya, a job that can be easily done by Kenyans.
“Don’t we have Kenyans who can do such yet these Indians earn in excess of what locals would earn if on a similar position? As we speak there is a backlog of cases in court by drivers who were sacked in this manner and lost all the benefits,” states a disgruntled Kenyan.
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