More than 700 retrenched Telkom Kenya workers awarded Sh1.3 billion compensation a year ago face a prolonged wait after getting into a legal dispute with their lawyers who are demanding 30 per cent of the money.
The former Telkom workers have obtained a court order freezing bank accounts of three law firms hired to prosecute the case against their former employer, accusing them of colluding to embezzle a large portion of their dues.
The retrenchees were to get between Sh900,000 and Sh3.5 million each depending on pay grade during employment and the number of years served at Telkom.
They, however, claim in a fresh suit that Letangule & Company Advocates, Oluoch & Company Advocates and S.M. & Company Advocates have decided to illegally pocket Sh390 million in legal and auctioneers’ costs.