G4S Kenya denies breaching an employee contract

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021 00:00 |
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Security firm yesterday denied going against an employment contract it signed with David Mutisya – a former resourcing manager with the firm.

G4S Chief executive Laurence Okello while commenting on the matter denied wrongfully and unlawfully terminating Mr. Mutisya’s employment contract saying the company would instead seek legal redress to challenge the matter now headed for the courts.

“We do not recognize Mr. Mutisya's version of events and we will be vigorously defending our position in the Labour Relations Court,” said Mr. Okello in a response to queries by People Daily.

David Mutisya is accusing security firm G4S Kenya Limited of The former Resourcing Manager who had been with the firm for over two decades has moved to the Labour Relations Court for what he terms as unlawful and unfair termination of his employment contract by the security firm.

“As Resourcing Manager, I was in charge of recruitment of employees. I was dismissed from the firm in 2018 when I questioned the flouting of the company’s recruitment process by some directors of the organization. We had people being employed without going through the prescribed process and when I questioned the move, they fired me and they did not compensate me for the 25 years that I had worked for the firm,” he says.

As a result, Mutisya is now demanding nearly Sh100 Million from the security firm for what he terms in papers filed in court as unlawful and unfair termination of his employment contract.

Prior to the termination of his employment contract, David Mutisya had served the multinational company in various roles, having joined the firm in 1992 as a Personnel Officer.

In court papers the former manager describes in graphic detail how his opposition to a flawed recruitment process of Couriers in February 2018 among others triggered a chain of events that eventually led to his exit from G4S.

He accuses the company’s Human Resource Director Elijah Sitimah and his fellow director Geoffrey Mwove who was the Courier Director at the time of witch hunt and blatantly flouting the company’s recruitment policies by presenting for induction training and subsequent employment of candidates who had not attended a selection interview process in a clear case of favoritism and or corruption.

At the same time, the company’s Finance Director, Laurence Okello –now the company’s CEO is cited in the court papers for presiding over a flawed, illegal and unfair termination process which went against the law and the company’s internal policies.

Through his advocate Fidel Limo of Limo & Njoroge Law Firm, he is seeking a declaration by the Labour and Employment Relations Court that the termination was unlawful and unfair amongst other prayers.

The case comes at the backdrop of a transition in G4S Kenya Limited after the parent company G4S Plc whose headquarters is in the United Kingdom was recently acquired by Allied Universal of the United States of America.

An earlier bid last year for G4S Plc by GardaWorld a Canadian Security Firm whose local face is KK Security flopped when GardaWorld cited undetermined legal suits against G4S and pension liabilities as reasons for not reviewing upwards their bid price.

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