Nakumatt remaining store in Kisumu closed

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By JOSEPH OJWANG.

Nakumatt supermarket is exiting the lakeside city of Kisumu as it closes its last outlet in the region.

The management had packed all the goods in trolleys at its Mega City branch located along Kisumu-Nairobi Highway.

However, for the last six days, the 32 workers at the store stopped the carting away of goods to Nairobi until the management pays their salaries plus arrears amounting to close to Sh. 2 million.

Micholo Ochieng, chief supervisor of the supermarket says they were astonished last week on Thursday after they were told not to open for customers.

Ochieng says they are not against the closing of the store but must be told first how and when they will be paid.

Ochieng says they have sought for help from Labour offices in Kisumu who have in turn summoned the management and directed them to pay the workers before winding up.

The standoff between the workers and management today saw police officers called in to help the supermarket have the packed goods loaded into trucks.

This did not help, as the workers stayed put that no goods will leave the premises until their payment is sorted.

Mildred Atieno, who has worked at the supermarket for 22 years, says there was notice given to the workers on the intended closure.

Atieno says most of the workers contact was expiring in January 2020 and wondered why the hurry to kick them out as the shop closes its doors.

Atieno asked the government to intervene and help the workers get their payments for the work they have done for the supermarket over years.

The management however declined to speak to the press as they were holed up in a meeting with the security officers on the way forward.

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