Editor's Review

  • Labour Court found that National Bank had made false allegations against the employee and awarded him Ksh17 million.

An employee of the National Bank who was dismissed unfairly will receive Ksh17 million from the financial institution as directed by a court ruling.

John Wanjohi was fired and lost his pension after working for the bank for 29 years over allegations the court termed as false.

He was sacked following an allegation that he caused the bank to lose Ksh140 million between 2007 and 2009.

The bank accused Wanjohi of deliberately making false and misleading returns and records of transactions involving the bank and third parties.

Labour Court Judge Nduma Nderi found that National Bank said made false allegations against Wanjohi and they should have asked him to retire and pay him his pension.

The judge also established that Wanjohi was not given the opportunity to defend himself against the allegations although he had worked for the bank for 29 years.

Testifying in court Wanjohi argued he was a victim of a witch-hunt and claimed the bank’s management wanted to get rid of its old staff and he was a victim.

“I was dismissed without notice in an exercise that was malicious and purely meant to save the defendant financial expenses,” he said.