The accountant who blew the whistle on accounts manipulation and irregular lending at Shelter Afrique is seeking $64,000 (Sh6.4 million) in terminal dues from his former employer.
Shelter Afrique’s former head of finance Godfrey Waweru says the mortgage lender has ignored his pleas for the dues.
He was directed to go on paid leave on September 9, 2016, and asked to provide information to Deloitte who were appointed forensic auditors to look into his claims of accounting irregularities at the firm.
His three-year contract lapsed on September 30 and was not renewed. Mr Waweru says his letters asking for his dues have been ignored by the housing financier, putting him in a fix as he cannot lodge a case at the Industrial Court as the troubled Shelter Afrique enjoys diplomatic immunity status in Kenya.
“I would like to get official written confirmation of my situation after the investigations were concluded. ‘‘I would also like to know whether I am being ignored and punished because I wrote the email to the board,” Mr Waweru says in a letter dated May 2 addressed to Shelter Afrique.
“There has been no further communication to me since the letter of 9th September 2016 that informed me that I will not be allowed back into the office and that ‘with immediate effect I will be on paid leave which will not be deducted against my accumulated leave days to allow me apply myself exclusively to assisting the board with investigations,’” reads the letter seen by Business Daily.
But Shelter Afrique says Mr Waweru is yet to return company property, fill out clearance forms and clear his staff loans so that his dues can be processed.
“Mr Waweru is still in possession of company property, namely the company computer which he has not yet returned. Additionally, he is meant to fill his clearance forms, part of which would include his acknowledgement of a loan he took from the company; dues can only be computed after this acknowledgement,” Shelter Afrique said in response to our queries.
The former CFO’s pay includes three-month pay at the rate of one month for every year worked, outstanding leave days, two and a half-month pay between September and December during the Deloitte probe, and his provident fund contributions.
Mr Waweru’s said his outstanding car loan and personal loan total about $15,500 (Sh1.55 million).