Mistreatment Complaints Escalate At H-Young, Former Indian Employee Shares His Ordeal

One of the Indian Supervisors of H-Young at their Funzi Road office in Nairobi
One of the Indian Supervisors of H-Young at their Funzi Road office in Nairobi

More complaints have been raised about mistreatment and exploitation of employees at an Israeli company, H-Young, owned by Israeli Joseph and Hannah Schwartzman.

The latest to share his ordeal is Harish Bisht, of Indian origin, who served the company as a security manager at Olkaria.

Bisht landed the job while on a business visa on April 21.Three months later, he was issued with temporary permit which would expire on October 28.

Being a man of the people, it was easy for Bisht to bond with the local community, the Maasais. Unknown to him, the Maasis were perceived as enemies of the company and this is what would seal his fate at the company.

H-Young CEO Ebenezer Merybel

“With my close relation with the Maasai community they falsely implicated my name in a theft case and summarily dismissed me on October 13 on the grounds of gross misconduct. They denied me my rights of being heard and to avoid any legal complications arranged my flight in haste, in less than  three hours,” Bisht tells Kahawa Tungu.

In the hullabaloo that ensued, H-Young did not pay Bisht his one month salary.

According to Bisht who has been at the company, no matter how hard and loyal you serve you will be charged with fabricated allegations because of the high level of unemployment and availability of cheap labour.

Read: Kenyans Decry Mistreatment At Israeli Company H-young

The mastermind of the mistreatment is one Indian man Merybell, mentioned by several employees who spoke to Kahawa Tungu. The employees say that Merybell has significant influence in decision making because of his mastery in flattering.

Despite the complains raised by a number of employees, who if discovered are victimised, others have opted to keep quite so as to keep their jobs.

“Colleagues are aware of this mistreatment and over-exploitation at the hands of H-young but still they reluctant to act or raise the concern because of their own selfish motives. This approach is the sole root and cause of corruption and economic backwardness,” says Bisht.

The local community, the Maasais, are not given any jobs at H-young due to their ethnic and racial background.

Recently, Kahawa Tungu unearthed the rot at H-young on how Kenyans were being mistreated at the Joseph Schwartzman owned company while company CEO Meryben Ebenezer continue to excuse the mess in the company.

The most affected are drivers, who are currently on a go-slow due to mistreatment by a number of Indians working in the company.

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 the company for violating several labour and immigration rules.
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Written by Francis Muli

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