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Former employees want MP to repay cash they lent him

RIFT VALLEY
By By Vincent Bartoo | September 17th 2012

By Vincent Bartoo

A war of words has emerged between Marakwet West MP Boaz Kaino and his former employees, who claim the legislator has refused to pay them their dues.

The four, Emmanuel Koech, Christopher Kibor, Stanley Kipchumba and Daniel Cherop, who worked in his constituency office at Continental House, Nairobi claimed to have given the MP Sh55,000 each to sort out “a pressing personal need”.

“We had not been paid for four months, so when the lump sum payment came, he approached us and asked for the loan from the four of us,” said Kibor.

Speaking to the Press in Eldoret on Sunday, the four said they each gave the money that amounted to Sh220,000.

Mr Kibor claimed that when they later asked for the money from the MP, he relieved them of their duties.

Protest letter

The four have since written a protest letter to the Clerk of the National Assembly Patrick Gichohi, asking him to help them recover their money.

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“We wish to request your office to assist us recover the above stated amount of money. The arrangement dates back to April 2009 when the office staff got their salary arrears and the MP requested a loan,” the letter reads in part.

Above the Sh55,000, Koech, who was the constituency office manager, said he is also owed an additional Sh30,000 as salary for the month of January 2011.

They said their efforts to get the MP have been fruitless as he doesn’t pick their calls.

But in a swift response, the MP told journalists in Eldoret that accusations leveled against him were a fabrication.

denial

“I do not owe them anything. In fact they owe me a lot of money which they misappropriated while in office and that is why I relieved them of their duties,” he said.

Mr Kaino said the four had even absconded their duties and were absent from the office most of the period they served him.

“If you go to Parliament, you will find those records. They were hardly in the office but received their pay,” he said.

The four gave the legislator an ultimatum of one week to pay them or they would move to court to recover the money.

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