Auctioners have begun auctioning properties belonging to Keroche Breweries to recover the Sh45 million awarded to former manager Sam Shollei for wrongful dismissal.
This action comes after the Employment and Labour Relations Court ruled that Shollei’s termination did not adhere to legal procedures, which mandated the company to pay the awarded amount.
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The court’s decision, handed down by Judge Hellen Wasilwa, concluded that Shollei was neither provided with a valid reason for his termination in 2018, nor was he subjected to a disciplinary process.
The auction notice from Okuku Agencies specifies that the sale will include various items such as chairs, desks, computers, printers, cabinets, plant machinery, vehicles, and trucks.
The highest bidder will secure the items, contingent on meeting the conditions of sale, which require cash or banker’s cheque payments and electronic funds transfers after the hammer falls.
Bidders must deposit a refundable sum of Sh1,000,000.00 and can arrange viewings with the auctioneers during regular working hours.
It’s essential to note that the sale remains subject to a reserve price.
Keroche Breweries has faced a series of legal challenges in recent years, including allegations of tax evasion, which led to hefty fines imposed by the Kenya Revenue Authority.
The brewery, co-owned by Tabitha and Joseph Karanja, has been a prominent player in Kenya’s alcoholic beverage industry, producing a range of products, including popular alcoholic beverages. However, these legal setbacks have been a significant concern for the company.