Cleaners litter Homa Bay in late pay protest

George Odiwuor @PeopleDailyKe

Workers of a company contracted to clean Homa Bay littered the streets of the county headquarters with trash over the weekend to protest unpaid salaries. 

Employees of Tema Nyang’ dumped garbage in every corner of the town, including at the entrance to the office of the governor and county headquarters, in a bid to have the county government pay them the Sh13 million that they are owed.

Company director Rashell Onyango, who said they have not been paid for seven months, said his firm was contracted to offer cleaning services in Mbita and Homa Bay towns.

“We are demanding our salaries which have not been paid from October,” he said.

On Friday, the workers protested as they pushed wheelbarrows and waved spades to the governor’s office to air their grievances but declined to be addressed by any official from the county government.

“We are here to demand our rights. Our families are suffering because we do not have money to feed them,” said a worker.

They left garbage strewn at the entrance of the governor’s office and vowed to continue with the strike this week if their money will not have been paid.

Traders at different markets in Homa Bay town are feeling the heat of the protest as their stalls have not been cleaned for a week.

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