Kalonzo urges employers to spare workers in the face of Coronavirus crisis


Kenya’s Special Envoy to South Sudan Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka has urged employers to avoid sacking their workers in the face of economic lockdown brought by Coronavirus crisis.

He has in the meantime called on employers to consider alternatives such as giving unpaid leave.

“Companies as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs) face dire financial straits.

“History has proven that, during such moments of crises, the most obvious “recourse” taken by employers is effecting of mass lay-offs. I urge employers to avoid sacking their workers at this time, and to consider alternatives such as giving unpaid leave”, he said in a statement dispatched to media House earlier today.

Every company or SME, the Wiper Democratic Movement-Kenya leader said should come up with alternative mitigation measures other than complete shutdowns.

He said Nations are grappling with an unprecedented crisis wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, noting this international scourge threatens to penetrate the heart of ‘our very existence’.

Elsewhere in the world, most nations are at a lockdown as the crisis bites he said adding, “We are at war, not against an adversary with lethal weapons, but against an unforeseen foe that threatens to cripple health systems and economies”.

Kalonzo commended the Government of President Uhuru Kenyatta for taking concrete steps to ensure that the pandemic is contained before it spreads fast among the populace.

The newly-appointed Health Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Mutahi Kagwe, stands out for mention owing to his outstanding performance, said the Former Vice President.

Mr. Kagwe and his team in particular, as well as the other parties involved in the said mitigation measures, Kalonzo said deserve all support and encouragement as they carry out this noble duty of ensuring that Kenyans are shielded against the scourge.

“My sincere appreciation goes to all the medical personnel who are directly involved in the screening and treatment of coronavirus victims.

“These committed health workers are our true heroes and heroines who are putting their lives on the line every day so that we can stay safe”, he said.

He proposed that these personnel be rewarded with special bonuses/allowance as a mark of appreciation for their sacrifice and dedication to duty.


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