Kenya

Court upholds sack of guard who made Matiang'i queue

Court upholds sack of guard who made Matiang'i queue
  • Ms Cherogony had sued KAA, arguing that her sacking was unlawful.
  • She said she was victimised by her former employer and wanted to be paid Sh2.4 million for the sack.

A security officer at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport who was sacked for being disrespectful to Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has suffered a blow after her case was dismissed by the court.

Justice Nzioki wa Makau dismissed Ms Daizy Cherogony’s case, saying the improper handling of Dr Matiang’i, then Education CS, was a sufficient basis for the Kenya Airports Authority to initiate a disciplinary action against her.

“She was heard in terms of Section 41 and her rights under Article 41(1) safeguarded. Since there was cause for the dismissal and basis for a summary dismissal on account of gross misconduct, the suit is only fit for dismissal,” the Judge said.

Ms Cherogony had sued KAA, arguing that her sacking was unlawful. She said she was victimised by her former employer and wanted to be paid Sh2.4 million for the sack.

She said on the fateful day, April 5, 2017, passengers were shouting when she noticed Dr Matiang’i whom she asked to queue for security check.

She argued that she did not violate any of the KAA’s regulations and procedures.

But KAA said the sacking was justified since as an employee she was required to be disciplined, respectful and courteous to clients. But her actions caused the delay in departure of the flight by 32 minutes.

She did not have any plausible explanation, the KAA said.