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Tuskys suspends 16 Embakasi branch staff in crackdown on theft

Tuskys Supermarket has suspended 16 of its Embakasi branch staff, accusing them of stealing.

The workers have been working mainly at the bakery and dairy sections of the store.

They were arrested and booked at the Embakasi Police Station and later released on a Sh1,000 bond each.

The staff who held a protest outside the branch denied the theft claims in an interview.

“The 16 staff involved in pilferaging were captured on camera, which according to our policy is a criminal offence and that is why they were handed over to the authorities. It is not true that they were maliciously relieved of their duties,” said the Tuskys chief operating officer Peter Leparachao in response to our queries.

The workers said the suspension was suspicious, coming less than a week after a new group of employees was inducted into the branch as trainees and eventually took over their jobs.

They said the new staff are outsourced from a firm called Artemis.

The employees said they were arrested by plain-clothed officers inside the Embakasi store and were later released pending their appearance in court on today to answer to charges of stealing by servant.

The Kenya Union of Commercial Food and Allied Workers Nairobi branch secretary Mike Orang said that he had been informed of the suspensions by the affected employees.

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SOURCE: Business Daily