Security guard locks out govt workers over salary arrears

A security guard employed by Njeru Central Division, Njeru Municipality, in Buikwe District, on Monday locked about 50 government workers out of the administration block over alleged nonpayment of salary arrears.
Mr Karim Kanku, 67, who reportedly demands about Shs1.8m in salary arrears accrued over the past nine months, says he has endured torrid moments, including his family going without food, paying house rent and school fees.
Workers who reported for duty on Monday morning were shocked to find the entire administration block locked. The development affected visitors to the Council, while some workers took advantage of the situation to be out of office.

It remains unclear under what circumstances Mr Kanku accessed the keys, but sources say that because he has worked for Njeru Municipality for over 30 years, he had cultivated some trust from the hierarchy.

Mr Michael Odeba, the Njeru Central Division Chairperson, whose office was also locked, acknowledged Mr Kanku and the garbage collectors’ concerns, adding that the challenge was caused by the Central government.