(Last Updated On: October 13, 2019)

Citizen Digital – At least 200 employees in Kenya and South Sudan are set to be laid off by passenger and cargo carrier Air Afrik come November, 2019.

In a circular seen by Citizen Digital, the carrier says it hit major turbulence following the loss of a Ksh.2 billion plane-leasing contract with the government of South Sudan.

“Since the loss of the contract and the court case against Stanbic Bank the company has been reviewing its process; fitting people into the right jobs and in the process, some roles have become redundant,” read the circular.

“We understand this is a challenging time for our team, but these steps were necessitated following Stanbic Bank’s negligent errors, oversight and unlawful actions,” the company continued.

Air Afrik further accused the bank of allegedly withholding crucial information from the company as its customer, with a view to covering its negligent errors, oversights and unlawful actions.

The company further faulted the institution for allegedly failing to own up and take responsibility for its owner errors and oversights and compensate the plaintiff adequately for the damages and inconveniences suffered.

“This unfortunate situation was created by a severe lack in liquidity at the company, which resulted from failing to act diligently before freezing our funds without a valid court order,” the statement reads.

Air Afrik further faults the bank saying it has caused huge losses and job cuts to the company which it seeks compensation amounting to $14.4million.

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