Hey Cyprian Nyakundi,
I wish that you may highlight this toxic work environment.
Imagine a world of 2 sets of human beings.
This is the story of Kulan Cuisine a Somali restaurant in Nairobi.
I have been a customer of Kulan Cuisine for a short while now. This started when a friend got a position and prompted me to dine there.
The Somali owner restaurant employs Kenyans who are subtly discriminated. Small things in the work place are key for a good working environment.
My friend narrated of how this silent discrimination happens.
My friend who left employment there recently stated the below in 21 points:
- Somali employees are treated differently from the other Kenyans.
- Somali employees are bosses in their own right, they are in charge of every dept and a Somali must be present for anything to take place.
- This is not so wrong if merit and experience were the criteria but not so.
- A certified chef in the kitchen has to take instructions from Somali employees most who have no qualifications in culinary and some very little post-primary education. In short, a certified cook takes instructions from any Somali be it the cashier, store keeper or the kitchen supervisor all who are not chefs by any standard.
- This is very unprofessional and a huge demotivator to serious professional.
- Imagine having to follow an order from some whose rank is granted by ethnicity.
- The waiters are in the same dilemma and so are the rest of Kenyan staff.
- There is no disciplinary action against Somali misconduct.
- They are frequently late and maybe abusive and aggressive towards other staff.
- They have been cases of Kenyans facing abusive language and no action is taken.
- Kenyans often resign due to frustration and abusive language.
- The staff are employed on contract and thus dismissal is in the spot. The fight is your wits against the word of a Somali. As such the Kenyans fear the Somalis as they want to keep there Job.
- There has been a case of a Somali staff hurling a knife as he didn’t like how he was served by fellow staff. This is how abbrasive things can be at Kulan.
- The employer has no concern for staff welfare and consistently delays salary causing fights with landlords and caretakers. Pleas are not heeded
- The owners also have a white friend by the name Nick who is known to be abusive to staff and smokes in the premises, causing discomfort to the staff
- The Kenyan staff are provided for a meal of ugali, sukuma for lunch and tea and bread.
- The Somali can, however, enjoy any meal from the menu at any time for free, this is another case of subtle discrimination. The staff can’t even have water from a glass, just tap water is allowed using plastic cups.
- There NHIF and NSSF often go unpaid despite it being deducted and essential for healthcare. Lea is most likely not remitted (not sure).
- This is just a snippet of what my friend who recently left narrated to me. More could be happening and I hope authorities investigate.
- If you visit you will clearly see what I talk about, demotivated people in a toxic environment.
- Please reach out to current and former staff and they will collaborate this.
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