Sportpesa recalls sacked employees

Thursday, October 31st, 2019 18:45 |
SportPesa chief executive Ronald Karauri. Photo/PD/FILE

Former SportPesa employees can soon breathe a sign of relief after their company’s head of human resources, Terry Wanja Njagi, sent them an email to report to the firm's head office at Chancery Building on Valley Road, Nairobi, on Friday November 1.

Njagi sent out the email to the firm’s ex-staff members at 3:43pm Thursday, October 31.

The letter addressed to “all” on Thursday October 31 had two items listed on the agenda.

The first read: “Withdrawal of termination notices dated 2nd October, 2019.”

The second item said: "Next steps.”

A former employee of SportPesa, whose last working day was Thursday, October 24, confirmed to K24 Digital that she had received the letter.

“I got the email this afternoon, and all we can now do is speculate [that, hopefully, we will have our jobs back],” she said on phone.

On October 2, the company announced that it was retrenching its over 400-plus employees after it became “impossible” to continue paying salaries.

The government had said SportPesa owed the taxman at least Ksh14.9 billion in tax arrears, a claim that SportPesa CEO, Captain Ronald Karauri, refuted.

It remains unclear whether all the employees of the firm will have their jobs back after the much-anticipated November 1 meeting.

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