Sunday, 20 March 2016
20th March 2016: Rogue senator to take plea in court on Tuesday
Nominated Senator Joy Gwendo will be hauled into court on Tuesday to take plea over assault on her former Personal Assistant Annette Oyugo and wrongful dismal.
The Senator is facing three charges following complaints from her former Personal Assistant, which have been firmed up by a video doing rounds in social media.
Sources revealed that the Senator will face two criminal charges, among them assault and case will be filed at the Employment and Labour Relations Court.
According to Employment Act, a notice has to be given to an employee and must be given enough time to clear and pack personal belongings from the premises. The law requires that an employee is served with a 28-day notice and granted service pay when such contract is terminated.
Mrs Gwendo and Annette Oyugi had known each other for close to two decades having studied together at Lwak Primary School before joining separate secondary schools. Annette joined Lwak Gilrs Secondary School, which was the dream of every girl in Nyanza while Gwendo joined the little known Koru Girls Secondary School.
Gwendo is said to have offered Annette a job as a Personal Assistant after the latter lost a job at a pharmacy.
According to court papers seen by Kenyan Observer, the nominated senator is accused of causing bodily harm to Annette who is still complaining of pain in her head.
According to Annette, Gwendo has not paid her over the past three months and physical assaults have always been the order of the day since she took over the job after her predecessor quit to join The National Alliance (TNA) Secretariat. Senator Gwendo is a no stranger to controversies having hit the news headlines for the wrong reasons. The mother of one had been accused by another one of eloping with the latter’s husband.