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Tuskys shut 2branches, fires 200 workers as woes deepen

By Susan Njire

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Retail chain supermarkets has fired over 200workers and shut down two branches in Eldoret town as financial woes rocking the supermarket deepen.

The retailer has now been left with one branch at the Zion Mall in Eldoret. Doors at the Kamora plaza and Uganda road branches have remained shut for days now as auctioneers prepare to sell the stock at the latter branch next week.

The sacked workers led by their union chairman Cyrus Chirchir held a demonstration outside the Zion mall branch protesting delays in payment of their August and September salaries.

They also demanded immediate payment of their terminal dues. According to the unionist the troubled retailer had promised to clear all pending dues by yesterday. However there was no indication of paying the sacked workers on time.

A sacked employee Edward Ongati said the retail chain had promised to pay the twenty percent deduction effected in April after a successful negotiation with their union in June but later backtracked.

He added that the news of their sacking was made at night through telephone calls from the management.

Last weekend Jomuki auctioneers acting for Kamora holdings issued a notice to auction Tuskys supermarkets goods on October 7 after the retailer defaulted on rent for six months.

Kamora holdings director Moses Kiptanui said the retailer owes his company Ksh 14 million.

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