Swissport Kenya limited who’s Chief Executive officer and the company’s human resource manager are to be arrested for disobeying a court order requiring them to reinstate five employees whom they purported to terminate their services.
BY SAM ALFAN.
Swissport Kenya CEO Jeroen de Clercq risks being sent to civil jail after the High Court ordered for his arrest for failing to comply with an order to reinstate five employees.
Justice Monicah Mbaru has given police the greenlight to arrest and detain Mr de Clercq and the firm’s human resource manager Maria Simiyu after the five employees said in court that they are yet to return to work.
The five employees moved to court claiming they were forced to resign after the ground handling services firm revoked their passes, denying them access to work. Another judge-Hellen Wasilwa-had in April ordered the firm to reinstate the employees until their suit is determined.
“Leave is hereby granted for the arrest and detention of Swissport’s CEO Jeroen de Clercq and human resource manager Maria Simiyu in prison for a term not exceeding six months. The parties are to appear before the trial court to follow on May 20,” the judge said.
The Kenya Airports Authority has been enjoined in the suit for cancelling the five employees’ work passes. Neither the KAA nor Swissport have responded to the suit.
Joan Koech, Claude Kodulla, Charity Guama, Eric Asebe and John Mutai are seeking full reinstatement in the suit.
They claim that KAA revoked their airport passes in a move aimed at denying them work opportunities with airlines that have contracted the firm, and consequently render them redundant.
At the time of the revocation of their work passes, the five were deployed to British Airways as part of their daily routine. They say Swissport directed the Kenya Airports Authority to revoke their work passes on grounds that they were under investigation, but that they were never told what the probe is about.