Ex-EAC workers seek government’s intervention over unpaid dues

Flags of the member countries of the EAC .Rwanda president took over the leadership of the EAC on Friday PHOTO COURTESY

Mombasa,KENYA:Former employees of the East African community have launched a complain to the Coast regional coordinator Mr Nelson Marwa.

The former workers who met the Regional commissioner on Tuesday are seeking the intervention of the government in compelling the National Social Security Fund to pay their dues.

According to their coordinator Said Abdallah who spoke to Baraka FM on Thursday, the former employees say they have been trying to compel the NSSF to pay their dues for over 5 years now.

The pensioners lost their jobs after the community collapsed in 1977 before being revived in the early 90’s.

According the EAC Umbritch Mediation Agreement signed in 1984 by the then 3 heads of the East African states, workers who had worked for 5 years or more were supposed to receive more than  sh 425,000  while those who worked for shorter periods would receive sh 300,000 however Said says  unlike the Kenyan ex-workers their counterparts in Uganda and Tanzania received their dues which they say amount to sh 14 billion as a result of interest accrued.

However the Regional commissioner promised to forward their complains to the president promising them feedback before Tuesday.

The EAC community was revived in 1993 with a current membership of 6 countries and last year the commission launched an EAC passport.