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Meru MCAs want Kiraitu to reinstate sacked workers.

Meru MCAs have demanded that Governor Kiraitu Murungi's administration stop terminating staff and compensate injured workers.

MCAs Robert Ringera (Nyaki East), Ayub Bundi (Abuthuguchi Central), Kinoti Kinyua, Karimi Njeru, Makena Muthaura and Assenath Kaimuri called for the immediate compensation of Reuben Mburugu, who was attacked and injured in the line of duty.

"It is inhuman. He worked there for years and it is unfortunate the county sacked him. He should be reinstated," Muthaura said in the House on Tuesday.

Kaimuri, who represents PLWDs, told the House, "This is justice delayed. Why starve the family. Disability doesn't mean he can't perform other tasks. He can be assigned other duties. I am 100 per cent sure he can be rehired. I will liaise with him to be included in the [list of] people living with disability."

The MCAs asked the administration to rehire, on a permanent basis, all 1,030 sacked casual workers. They were terminated after Kiraitu took over as Meru governor from Trade CS Peter Munya.

They asked why the county government is quick to terminate employees' services without hearing them out or paying them gratuity.

PNU's nominated MCA Petronila Kiao tabled a report by the Committee on Labour, Public Service and Social Welfare on the status of payment of work injury benefits to Mburugu.

Mburugu's area MCA Ayub Bundi tabled his compensation claim with the county assembly on July 26, 2018, seeking a statement from the Social Welfare committee chaired by Isaiah Kanyaru.

The Work Injury Benefits Act 2007 provides for payment for injuries sustained by workers while on duty.

Mburugu was injured on March 21, 2017, while he was employed as an enforcement officer in the Revenue Collection department.

He sustained 20 per cent permanent injuries after a fracas between him and a matatu crew at Nkubu Township roadblock on the Meru-Chuka road.

CLAIM TUSSLE

The 46-year-old father of three, who is from Central Imenti constituency, was struck with a wheel-spinner on his left hand while trying to impound the matatu.

He lodged a claim on March 14, 2018, which was within the 12 months stipulated by law. The county government, however, says he never filed any claim.

Mburugu's compensation complaint was assessed and validated by occupational and health officer JM Muiruri. Medical records show he was injured, the House was told.

Mburugu was employed on February 5, 2015, and was stationed at Gatimbi until January 31, 2018, when he was fired. He used to earn Sh 8,880 per month.

The MCA demanded that Jubilee Insurance Company, which confirmed receiving and registering the claim pay Mburugu in 60 days.

"The Department of Legal Affairs and Public Service Management and Administration must ensure such occurrences are handled expeditiously in good time," the committee recommended.

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Date:Mar 14, 2019
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