Former Attorney of Kisumu County government Amos William Omollo has sued the area governor Prof. Peter Anyang Nyong’o for contempt of court after he failed to reinstate him and pay his resultant salaries and benefits.
Omollo wants the governor, the county Secretary Godfrey Kigochi and Babu Karani, chairman of county public service board be committed to civil jail for acting in contempt of Employment and Labour Relations court order issued on October 11, 2019 and April 9, 2020 reinstating him as county Attorney.
The petitioner maintains that he is still an employee of the county government after Justice Mathews Nduma issued a temporary injunction compelling the respondents to reinstate forthwith his salary and benefits.
The petitioner wants the court to rule that the three be committed to prison of six months and at the same time be barred from addressing the court until they absolve themselves of the contempt.
“I have not been paid my salary and benefits for the months of February, March and April 2020,” says the petitioner”
The petitioner is represented by Kibet, Adoli and Magina advocates who say the respondents remain adamant despite various communications from petitioner.
How the Employment and Labour Relations Court works
A large number of claims that worker filed at the Employment and Labour Relations Court registry reveal the reality of the unevenness in the relationship between Employees and Employers in Kenya.
Summary dismissal, unsafe working environment, harassment and withholding of wages are just but a few of the problems that employees face in the hands of unreasonable employers.
However, while some employees know and understand their rights, some hardly know the avenues and institutions through which to pursue such claims.
In Kenya, The Employment and Labour Relations Court handles industrial and labour related disputes.
This court is established under Article 162(2) of the Constitution to settle employment and industrial relations disputes besides securing and maintenance of good employment and labour relations.
It is a superior court of record with the status of the High court.
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