OCCES did not pay us, claims officers

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SOME 45 contract officers at the Office of Climate Change and Environment Sustainability claim they are owed more than K150,000 in outstanding gratuity since October last year.
They claimed that only 13 had received their gratuity payments last November including a “ghost staff”, suspended executive director Dr Theo Yasause and suspended Carbon Trade director Leo Tale.
They alleged that the officer-in-charge was alleged to be illegally holding payment of K152,756.16.
“This is the money owed to us for our year-end gratuity payment as stated in our employment contract.”
A source said of the 13 senior officers who received their payments, some were not entitled for gratuity.
The amount owing to them range from as low  as K3,000 to the highest of more than K6,000 for senior managers.
But officer-in-charge of OCCES John Mosoro refuted these allegations claiming that the disgruntled officers had not performed or not turned up for work since the suspension of the executive director.
He said there were people playing politics in the office and trying to discredit him.
Mr Mosoro said the issue was an administrative matter, which according to Public Service Standing Orders, those who had performed would be rewarded.
“Some officers hardly turn up for work. Unless we see performance based on appraisals, we will not pay them,” he said.