UK-based Camellia discloses a lawsuit has been filed against one of its Africa subsidiaries for alleged assault & sexual misconduct
"Kakuzi parent company faces claims in UK for Africa abuses"
The parent company of Kakuzi Limited...Kent-based Camellia Plc, is bracing itself for claims running into hundreds of millions of shillings arising from alleged human rights abuses in its African operations. The multinational disclosed in a trading update that it had spent Sh462 million to prepare its legal defence against the charges of various crimes including assault and sexual misconduct. The alleged abuses were carried out by its employees in its African subsidiaries, which were not identified specifically...
Camellia’s operations in Africa include Kakuzi (in which it owns a 50.7 percent stake), Eastern Produce Kenya, Eastern Produce Malawi, Eastern Produce Cape (South Africa) and Eastern Produce Tanzania.“As we stated in our trading update of January 2020, Camellia and a number of its subsidiary companies have received notification of claims to be made in the UK relating to allegations made by multiple individuals concerning two of those companies' African operations,” the multinational said in disclosures to its investors.“The allegations are of serious assault, harassment and sexual misconduct allegedly committed by certain individuals employed by those two foreign operating companies,” Camellia said it takes any complaint of criminality, misconduct, illegality, or unethical behaviour extremely seriously...Kakuzi has over the years battled various claims and charges, including allegations that it is the beneficiary of thousands of acres of land that was originally acquired illegally from locals during the colonial days.