A section of victims of sexual exploitation at the Ekaterra Tea Kenya have written a demand letter to the firm seeking immediate admission to liability following an expose by a BBC.
Through lawyer Gilbert Kemboi the women workers have written to the company for immediate admission of liability before discussing quantum which they have computed at Sh30 million each per individual claim.
The claimants who have copied the letter to the company CEO Nathalie Roos have given the company 48 hour-ultimatum to give written reasons of liability failure of which they will institute legal proceedings.
At least 100 victims have recorded statements with the law firm Kemboi Chambers Advocate claiming they were victims of sexual exploitation and human rights violations.
In a demand letter dated March 6, 2023, they alleged senior officials at the firm have been demanding and forcing them to have forceful sex in exchange for lighter duties ,promotion and few working hours.
“Those who refused to yield in their demands of the said officials end ups being given heavy duties as punishment or forced them into giving to their demands hence promoting torture and servitude against the said women,’’ Mr Kemboi added.
Mr Kemboi said among the victims were married women with their families protected under article 45 of the constitution adding several families have been broken as a result of sexual advances.
The workers at the multinational operating in the South Rift added they were protected under article 25 of the constitution which guarantees them freedom from torture ,cruel or degrading inhuman treatment.
“We therefore demand which we hereby do you immediate admission of liability within 48 hours so that we may thereafter address you on a quantum for the said human rights violations payable to our client which we will compute at Sh30 Million per individual claim,’’ read part of the four-page letter.
They added arresting and prosecuting perpetrators of these sexual offences for subjecting them to violations of their rights to dignity was not enough saying the company should take full responsibility and be compensated.
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