BY HILLARY OMITI.
Sony Sugar company board of management have denied claims of sending home over 300 casual workers on a compulsory leave as have been speculated.
According to Sony Sugar board of management chairman Mr.Charles Owino Likowa, he said that the board sent the workers on a three months leave not in a compulsory basis saying those who are speculating the matter want mileage by using their names.
While speaking to press, Awendo Likowa said that the company had difficulty in cane crushing and cash flow was a problem hence released them to have the company gain and they will be called back after three months.
He said that the company has been receiving low returns and crashing at 40% which has never happened before hence the company must regain.
He at the same time said that those who were released will be paid a little cash for their up keep at home for the three months they will be at home urging them to remain calm as they continue with the process of paying them in two weeks’ time.
His sentiments were also echoed by the acting Sony Sugar Company managing Director Mr.James Oluoch who said that the company opted to cut down on cost as the company intends to do maintainers of the company saying once the process is complete all the casual workers shall be recalled back.
He at the same time promised to ensure that other company workers will be paid their arrears as agreed in the return to work formula last week when the sony workers went on strike over lack of payment.
This comes just few days after various leaders in the region and the Union of Sony sugar company workers led by their secretary general John Ogutu condemned the move the board of management had taken to send away the workers on leave without even paying them.