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FORMER KQ EMPLOYEE FIRED FOR WEARING ‘FLY EMIRATES” SHIRT AWARDED SH10M

Kenya Airways Ex CEO ordered to pay sacked employee SH 10M for wearing “Fly Emirates”shirt

A labour court has ordered former Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer, Titus Naikuni, to pay  Sh10 million in damages to an employee he unlawfully sacked for wearing an Arsenal Jersey, bearing the Fly Emirates logo while on a KQ event.

Naikuni is accused of having confronted former  Corporate and Communication Manager, Kepha Moreno Bosire, during a marathon event at Lemek Conservancy in 2013 and removed his t-shirt which he said did not bear KQ’s logo. The Ex Kenya Airways boss also reportedly ordered the HR to terminate Bosire’s contract.

“In conclusion, the court finds that Bosire was unfairly terminated and further Naikuni treated him in a very undignified manner contrary to his rights under the Constitution,” the court ruled.

The court noted that Naikuni used his position as the CEO of Kenya Airways to intimidate and coerce Bosire to engage in an undignified act of removing the t-shirt in the presence of his colleagues and guests and dismissed him from work unfairly, saying Naikuni could have resolved the issue in other ways.

“In conclusion, the court finds that Bosire was unfairly terminated and further Naikuni treated him in a very undignified manner contrary to his rights under the Constitution,” the court ruled.

At the time he was fired, Bosire’s monthly salary was Ksh.600,000 per month and was under a 2-year renewable contract.

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