Kakuzi engaging with Ethical Training Initiative (ETI) to resolve ban on sale of avocados to UK based supermarkets

By Ndungu Gachane

Mr Wilson Odiyo, Kakuzi Corporate Affairs Officer. He says they are engaging ETI to end a wave of allegations

Kakuzi Company is reaching out to Tesco Supermarkets in UK in bid to solve the allegations against it by 79 Kenyans.

Kakuzi’s Corporate Affairs officer Mr Wilson Odiyo says they are engaging with the Ethical Training Initiative (ETI) where the leading supermarket is a member to resolve the allegations.

Mr Odiyo however wondered why the allegations, filed in United Kingdom courts by Kenyans represented by Leigh Day law firm, remained anonymous, why they have never sought intervention from Kakuzi which he said remains open to all Kenyans.

Speaking to journalists at their Kenyan main offices at Kakuzi offices at Makuyu, Muranga South on Tuesday, Mr Odiyo recounted their partners the Ethical Training Initiative (ETI) raised some issues with them and how they have been sorting them out to ensure proper working relationship with the community.

He said after the ETI contacted them, they drew a work plan to resolve the issues adding that some of the resolutions have been in progress some of them being a change of approach from confrontations between the guards and the community during patrols leaving the patrols to be conducted by police officers.

“As part of strategy to resolve some of the issues raised by ETI, we decided to bring to an end physical interaction between our guards and victims by ending patrols to leave it to police officers,” he added.

The Head of Corporate Affairs Officer further urged all the complainants to walk to their offices any day and file their complaints saying the company does not condone any form of abuse of human rights.

“Being a company with other 3000 employees certain things must go wrong but when we know about them we usually deal with them in accordance with our internal mechanism while we engage the police with cases which are of criminal nature,” Mr Odiyo said.

He said as part of the work plan drew by the ETI, they have also conducted trainings across Kakuzi on the subject business and human rights.

Among the allegations against Kakuzi, the company’s security guards have been accused of violations including killing, rape, attacks and false imprisonments.

UK Sunday Times newspaper published part of the allegations levied on Kakuzi limited which included human rights violations and killing of a 28-year old after he stole avocados.

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