An anonymous source at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy has blown the whistle on the unjust treatment of junior staff, claiming that they are paid meagre salaries while senior bosses are lavished with high pay.
“It’s beyond unfair to be earning just Sh7,000 a month while others are raking in over Sh500,000,” he lamented to us on Saturday, January 28, 2022.
In his heartfelt submission, the source who tendered gardens at the conservancy recounted how he was once assigned to care for cubs after their mother died and was promised Sh3,000 for the job.
However, after dedicating four months of his precious time to the animals, he was cruelly denied his hard-earned pay and only given the standard Sh8,000 salary.
When he confronted the Head of Tourism about the unpaid wages, he was met with a cold and callous response.
“He told me he didn’t know anything about the arrangement,” the source informed us.
His persistent push for answers resulted in him becoming a target, and plans for his termination were set underway.
Fearing for his job, he was forced to accept that his Ksh120,000 was pocketed by someone else.
The source also points to broader issues at the conservancy, claiming that the big bosses are mistreating junior staff and paying them like mere housemaids.
Furthermore, employees are not provided with proper job descriptions, leading to a lack of accountability and a culture of “anything goes” among the management.
This paints a picture of a total disregard for the well-being of employees.
“It’s a painful reality to accept that this type of injustice is happening at a place that’s supposed to protect and preserve wildlife,” the source says.
“We hope that speaking out will bring about change for the better for all employees at Ol Pejeta.”
The source’s courage has already led to positive change, as the CEO and his wife Sarah were removed from their positions of power at Ol Pejeta Conservancy following our previous exposé on the conservancy.
“The other blog post you published helped us a lot,” the source expressed his gratitude.
Their removal serves as a testament to the influence of speaking truth to power and the impact it can have on creating a better, more just workplace.
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