African employees at the French School in Nairobi’s Hurlingham area next to Yaya Centre have are accusing the school management of engaging in unauthorized employment after joining their spouses at the school where they engage in unlawful employment contrary to the law covering expatriates joining their spouses in the country.
According the employees who spoke to Weekly Citizen on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals by the school’s management, the employees said they are being discriminated against by the school’s management and occasionally
subjected inhumane working conditions.
“The law does not allow spouses joining the wives or husbands engage in employment since that is prohibited. They do not even pay taxes,” they said.
They cited the financial department that they said is notorious in mishandling them whenever it comes to financial matters.
The finance department is headed by Bastein Seingolles, the chief finance and independent pass
holder whose spouse Anne-Claire Delamarre is an expatriate and therefore not allowed to engage in employment in Kenya. She holds position of general manager of a French Wine Company of
Others are Zineb Akhachouf who is the procurement officer at the school also and a dependent pass holder. His spouse is Abdelhafyd Bekaoui and expatriate and senior banker at the Bank of Africa. His contacts are 070259148. Loubna Chergui is a senior accountant and also dependent pass holder. His spouse is Adil El Yousefi, the chief executive of Liquid Telkom of telephone 0739102900.
Also being accused of being ruthless foul-mouthed against the African employees is the security officer of the school Pascal Danazen who is accused of making trumped-up accusations again the local employees to fix them.
In their press release exclusively released to Weekly Citizen, the agitated workers wrote: “We would like to bring to your attention the following issue concerning certain foreigners who are dependent pass holders but are employed at the French School of Nairobi against immigration policies of this country.
“The same individuals are notorious harassing local Kenyans at the work place and are racist
to say the least. They have taken some Kenyan workers to Kilimani Police Station accusing them of
theft and claiming the Africans are thieves,” it goes on.
The police are said to be investigating the allegations. Siegnolles is said to have
claimed that the country’s authorities do not check whether foreign workers are abiding by the law and hence they can work without having to worry about them being found out to be against the laws of the country while Zineb is believed to have bribed her way to obtain a permit.
“As a known fact also, they do not remit their taxes to KRA and thus are not tax compliant.
We call on the authorities to sort out the mess at the school. The director of the school is Antonie Kopp. Others in key position are Isabelle Palhe, Basten Signolles who is designated as director of administration and financier.