Kenya: Metro Plastics owner to be charged for allegedly locking in workers & endangering their lives during recent fire incident

Author: Sammy Kimatu, Daily Nation (Kenya), Published on: 16 March 2020

"Lucky escape for workers as fire burns plastics factory"

An employer is on the spot for allegedly locking up staff overnight in a plastics manufacturing factory in Nairobi’s Industrial Area. The information on the alleged lockup emerged Saturday following a fire at Metro Plastics Kenya Ltd which is located along Nadume Close off Lunga Lunga Road. Makadara Deputy County Commissioner Fred Ndunga ordered that the employer who is suspected of having locked in the workers be arrested and charged. He said that locking a person at work and taking the keys home is a human rights violation and is also illegal...

Some workers were said to have suffered injuries as they jumped over the walls to escape from the fire. Mr Ndunga said his officers are reviewing CCTV cameras to determine the truth about the alleged lockup. Some residents of the neighbouring Mukuru-Lunga Lunga slums were forced to flee as they had difficulties breathing due to heavy smoke.

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