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Labour ministry probing SGR workers’ racism claims - 7 months ago, 12 July 10:09

By: Jeremiah Wakaya

, NAIROBI, Kenya, July 12 – The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection has constituted a team to look into claims of racism and discrimination at the Standard Gauge Railway’s Madaraka Express train service.

While announcing the constitution of the team, to be comprised of senior ministry officials on Wednesday, Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani said he expected a report in a week’s time.

“Should the investigation reveal violations of any section of the Labour Laws, appropriate corrective action, including prosecution will be taken against those found culpable,” Yatani assured.

The government had through its spokesperson earlier on Wednesday denied alleged discrimination of Kenyan workers by their Chinese counterparts.

Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe however welcomed a proposal by the Central Organization of Trade Union’s Secretary General Francis Atwoli to have a labour officer monitor operations at the Madaraka Express train service to look into the claims.

“Atwoli’s proposal is one I’d consider sober but there’re issues ...
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