By Guest Writer
A HOUSEMAID is seeking Ksh350 K from Tana River governor Hussein Dado and his wife for unlawful termination of employment.
The claimant, Cathorine Moraa Omwansa, says that the couple failed to pay her terminal dues upon sacking her on October 2012.
She was employed by the respondents in 2009 on a salary of KSh 4,000 a month, which according to her was below what she could have been paid.
Twelve months salary
Omwansa has submitted to the court that both parties were in agreement that upon termination of her employment, the couple were to pay her 12 months salary, which never happened.
The claimant while giving her evidence before trial judge Justice Onesmus Makau, said the governor and his wife violated her rights to earn good salary as requirement by the labour laws.
While being led by her lawyer Jason Okemwa, she told the judge that she never received one month notice salary of Sh 10, 656.25, annual leave for three years Sh 25,820,90, severance pay for three years Sh 16,037.80 and 12 months salary compensation for Sh 10,656,25 per year.
The lawyer told court that the claimant’s case was filed in October 2013, after the respondents declined to meet her demands for unlawful termination.
The governor in his defence statement, says that the claimant was employed as house help and he was the one paying her salary.
He says that indeed he and his wife did interview the claimant and found that she was fit to carry out her job as house help.
Matter has taken long
The governor says contrary to what the claimant has submitted to the court, she was paid KSh8,900 per month, he however did not turn up to court verify the figures upon cross examination by the applicant’s lawyer.
Justice Makau said the governor and his wife were expected to attend court, but failed do so, saying that the matter has taken long to be determined.
He directed that the matter be mentioned on September 18 2018 to take a judgement date.