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Fresh controversy as EAPCC fires top manager

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 31 – The Head of Sales and Marketing at the troubled East African Portland Cement Company has been fired.

The board of the company which had earlier this year been dogged by controversy, refused to confirm Francis Mwalili whom it claims was working in an acting capacity.

The board accused him of being party to staff unrest which adversely affected the operations of the company.

His termination letter from the Managing Director Kephar Tande read: “This is to inform you that the board of directors in its meeting of 28th May 2012, decided not to confirm you in your position of Head of Sales and Marketing. Consequently, pursuant to clause 23 of your contract and in accordance with section 42(1) of the Employment Act 2007, your probation contract is here by terminated.”

The company claims it had also received a letter dated May, 28, 2011 from Mwalili’s former employer, the Kenya Meat Commission, where he worked as an export manager. According to a letter signed by the Managing Commissioner, Ibrahim Issack Mwalili was forced to resign.

“During his tenure at KMC, his conduct was questionable and had at a number of occasions extorted money from clients and potential customers on the pretext he would refund their money and assist them to get business with KMC,” the letter read in part.

However speaking to Capital FM News, Mwalili denied allegations of any incitement of staff adding that there was just a hidden agenda by the board to sack him.

He said his employment was on a five-year contract and he was not on any probation as alluded to in the termination letter.

“I was in the management team. How can I get involved in inciting my juniors? My letter states that I am on a five year contract and the contract should end or be renewed at the end,” complained Mwalili.

He is now calling on the relevant authorities to step in to avoid wrangles that were experienced in the company recently.

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