As the campaign season gets more and more intense, Kenyans are getting used to sensational and bizarre accusations from the usual suspects such as Miguna Miguna and David Murathe against their favourite punching bags in the names of Raila Odinga and William Ruto respectively. However, the latest accusation that has been levelled against DP Ruto comes from a relatively authoritative voice, and has everyone wondering what exactly may be really going on at DP William Ruto’s alleged Kisima farm in Taita-Taveta.
Nation Media Group columnist Gabriel Oguda is now claiming, through his official Twitter handle, that operations in DP Ruto’s Kisima farm have ground to a halt after he has failed to pay workers since February. It is against this background that a worker of the farm is now speaking out. Oguda went ahead to state that not only is the row currently on-going but it’s so bad that operations have even been paralysed. His tweet read,
Operations at William Ruto’s Kisima Farm in Taita-Taveta have been paralyzed after farm workers went on strike protesting non-payment of wages for six weeks. But Kenyans have come to the defense of Ruto telling the workers they’ll be paid in six months time, which is historic.
Operations on the farm associated with Deputy President William Ruto in Mata village, Taita Taveta County, have been paralysed after casual workers went on strike, protesting non-payment of their wages.
Yesterday , the workers held a protest at the Kisima farm’s gate, claiming they had not been paid for six weeks.
Some of the workers said they had been promised to be paid but they vowed to continue with their strike until they are paid.
Mr Alex Saidi said farm managers had piled salary arrears without explaining to workers what was happening.
“We see that business is going on well and the company is not facing any financial crisis. We will not return to work until our salaries are paid,” he said.
Mr Fred Mashauri, another worker, decried low pay. He said that though he had worked on the farm for five years, he was yet to be absorbed as a permanent employee.
He said workers’ daily wages range from Sh300 to Sh500.
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