, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 21 – Over 400 former employees of Telkom Kenya are seeking to freeze joint bank accounts of an IEBC commissioner and a city lawyer for allegedly swindling them Sh1.3 billion as retirement payoff.
The aggrieved ex-employees want the accounts of Thomas Letangule and Anthony Oluoch frozen until they give a detailed account of how they disbursed the monies.
The money was awarded to the retirees following an out-of-court settlement which the advocates negotiated on their behalf in October 2014.
The State Corporation “agreed to settle the amount following a legal dispute with the former employees that have been in court for nearly 10 years.”
The former workers were retrenched in 2006 but Telkom was found to have acted discriminatorily by the Court of Appeal.
In urgent pleadings lodged before the Labour Relations Court, the claimants say there have been great disparities in amount of money they have since received.
They allege Letangule and Olouch have failed to disclose the procedure used in disbursing the monies.
The two are further accused of making colossal deductions from the applicants’ lump sum payments as legal fees without their consent.