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Archive for September 19, 2018

Newsline: Kenyan ambassador to the US accused of wrongful dismissal

Two former employees of the Kenyan embassy in Washington, DC have accused the ambassador to the US, Mr Robinson Njeru Githae, of wrongfully dismissing them from the consulate. In an exclusive interview with the Nation and in a letter addressed to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Jafred Musamba and Mr Joseph Asweto argue that their two-year contracts have not expired. In the letter to ambassador Macharia Kamau, they ask the ministry to intercede so they are reinstated. In termination letters issued on August, 24, 2018, the embassy says the two were dismissed after attaining retirement age. “Records held in this office indicate that you attained the retirement age of 60 years on January 1, 2015. In accordance with Section D.21 of the Human Resources Policies and the Procedures Manual for the Public Service and Local Staff Regulations, one is required to retire from the service on attainment of the retirement age,” the letters seen by the Nation state in part. The complainants, however, denied the embassy’s claim that they were fired because they reached age 60, saying 65 is the official age of retirement. They did not deny that they are at least 60 years old. In this claim, they seem to be using the US retirement requirement, whose age is 65.



Newsline: U.S. embassy in Ethiopia defends closure over planned protests

The United States embassy in Ethiopia has closed its doors today (September 19) over what it said was an abundance of caution in the light of large scale demonstrations expected in Addis Ababa. The embassy subsequently announced a cancellation of all services and appointments asking the public to reschedule their appointments via the website. “Americans requiring emergency assistance should visit the U.S. Embassy website for contact information. Additionally, the American Center in Addis Ababa and the Satchmo Center at the U.S. Embassy will be closed tomorrow. “We encourage all those involved in the demonstrations to express themselves peacefully,” the statement issued on Tuesday concluded. Ethiopians online questioned the basis of the Embassy’s information about a protest to which they issued a response on Wednesday morning. “Regarding Q’s about decision to close our Embassy today-when we receive info we have to make decisions about security even if info is not specific. US law requires us to share that decision publicly. We decided to be cautious. We hope today is calm & peaceful in Addis,” the embassy said in a tweet.