Trouble is brewing at WPP Scan Group as staff have not been paid for two months.
The scandalous firm also hired an Indian entity to run things after the ouster of founding CEO Bharat Thakrar.
We insist that for Kenyans working with Indians, it is 1619 every day.
The Kenyan creative economy is under foreign attack
At the onset of Covid 19 Pandemic, the worst pandemic has visited Kenya’s thriving Creative economy. Kenya’s leading foreign creative agency, WPP SCANGROUP downsized many employees, The remaining few Kenyans have suffered mental breakdowns, others coerced to resign depriving many Kenyan families of their breadwinners.
Sacking staff due to covid was an excuse to engage foreign workers to do what Kenyan workers can do. This is against the Immigration Laws.
They have managed to deplete 90% of Kenya’s top creative staff and replaced them with an Indian Company called “Mystic monks” – a Delhi based company, who are now mysteriously handling iconic Kenyan brands such as Safaricom, KRA, KCB and EABL jobs amongst others.
This explains why Safaricom performed poorly against the complaints on Home Fibre and Mpesa Bill Manager for Businesses.
It is worth noting and painful that ScanGroup charging the hefty fee in the account of creative duties and paying to other countries at the expense of Kenyans. This not only deprives Kenyans of an opportunity to pay taxes due to job loss, and destruction of dreams of young Kenyan creatives but more painfully unfairly making other foreigners pay tax to their economies.
It is worth noting and painful that Government agencies such as KRA, which exists through the painful tax-paying Kenyans are made to employ foreign consultants such as the mysterious “Mystic Monk” based in India amongst others.
The leadership of ScanGroup have been working in Kenya in blatant disregard of Kenya’s immigration policy (SECTION 34 of the year 2012) that states no work permit should be renewed for more than 5 years. They have fraudulently retained foreigners over decades for jobs Kenyans are qualified to successfully undertake.
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It is noteworthy that WPP ScanGroup unearthed these serious malpractices and the report never made public since they evicted the founding CEO Bharat Thakrar.
This is a request on behalf of the creative economy to this honourable house to quickly move in and save our nation.
There exists several documented cases (Medical reports included) of mental breakdown frustration and ultimately resignation.
It is unfair to make people work overnight against labour laws and the constitution that guarantees a fair and reasonable work environment for Kenyan citizens in their own country.
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