Kisumu residents have protested over claims that Kenya breweries limited in the county had failed to hire locals.
They peacefully demonstrated outside the company for hours with banners that read ‘no importation of workers.’
The residents said that they had to be employed claiming they had information many of the people employed were not locals of Kisumu county yet they were qualified for the jobs. They said that they should at least have 70 percent of the positions in the company as locals.
“It’s very clear that when such projects are undertaken, communities should be given the first priority. That is not the case here,” Rose Mwamba one of the residents of Obunga told The Star.
The Deputy governor Dr Mathew Awili agreed with the protesters and assured them that the county government would form a special committee to handle the issue.
Kenya Breweries Limited plans to open a Senator Keg plant in the area in 2018. The plant will utilize the locally grown sorghum and plans to engage 15000 farmers.
Dr Awili said that the committee that will be formed will comprise of the leaders from the county government Office of the MCA and two members of the community.
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