Kenyan security guards demand Sh1B from US embassy

US Embassy sued

United States Embassy in Nairobi

Kenya Kazi (KK) security guards have moved to court against the United States embassy in Nairobi claiming damages for unlawful termination.

The 358 security guard also claim that the embassy owes them dues to the tune of Sh1 billion.

Through their chosen representatives Charles Waweru, Abednego Mutua and Charles Oluoch, the guards appeared at the Milimani Law Courts adding that the courts had also awarded them compensation in March 2013.

Long-drawn battle with the embassy

The court heard that the US embassy hired the firm to provide security for its embassy headquarters in Nairobi and to residences of American officials as well as diplomats working in Kenya pursuant to their specifications in 2002.

They further noted that they have been in battle with the embassy since then.

Some of the points of friction between the parties were identified as aspects of union representation, recognition of union payment of overtime and commuter allowances.

They also accuse the embassy of failing to disburse Sh10.4 million that was released by the US Federal Government but the money never reached the guards, instead they were issued with letters of dismissal.

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