Seventh Day Adventist’s University of Eastern Africa Baraton refuses to pay a widow her husband’s dues.
From: Fuambo Janyandito
In response to allegations by University of Eastern Africa Baraton officials at different informal fora that a widow of a former senior staff of University of Eastern Africa, Baraton had refused to go for retirement, I took upon myself to find out the truth about the allegations.
My findings are shocking and reveals the rot in church institutions. This purpose of publishing my findings is to register a wake up call to Seventh-day Adventist church leaders and Christian church leaders at large.
These are my findings and University of Eastern Africa Baraton and Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders should read this for self correction.
We are not condemning anybody.
1) This widow is the same one who in September 2009 was locked out of Kamagambo Adventist College, when she, together with her son, went to visit her daughter in law. The son and the daughter in law were later almost shot by arrows. Those responsible, we have reliably learnt are still at large.
2) When the husband died two years ago, the severance for the husband was not paid to the widow, and two years down the line, the Senior Administrators at Baraton have refused to pay the severance, claiming beneficiaries from those who die do not receive severance, despite the Workers’ Policy being very clear that, those who resign, die or leave job for any other reason are paid, or their dependent spouses paid.
3) The widow, being a worker in her own right, and having desired herself to retire after the death of the husband applied for retirement. However the Administration at Baraton requested her to proceed for retirement without having paid her the husbands reverence, her own severance, in addition to not having given her the retirement allowance, to enable her go and settle at home.
4)This week, we learnt the widow was preparing to leave, but disappointed at not receiving the severances and retirement allowances.
Knowing the family of the late Eliezar Okoth Yogo very well, and the role he and the entire family have been playing in the church, we are not going to let the matter rest until justice is done to the widow.
The tactic of demonizing victims is normally used by church leaders and politicians, but these men of God should spare widows and orphans from such evil tactics.