Absa/Barclays Bank Badly Exposed Over Suspicious Dismissal, Mistreatment of Employee

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Absa bank, formerly known as Barclays Bank ( Nairobi’s Westlands Branch) has been put on the limelight after a former employee came out to express his frustrations over what he termed as an alleged wrongful dismissal and mistreatment by some of the bank’s top management.

Taking to a popular Facebook page on Thursday 24th September, the complainant by the name Gerald Muli Kiilu detailed how the bank’s top management in Nairobi colluded to suspiciously dismissed him without any payment.

According to Kiilu, he had worked for the bank for 12 years before he was unceremoniously dismissed for what the bank termed as gross misconduct without being paid anything despite the years he had worked for the bank.

In particular, Barasa accused the bank’s Head of Employee Relations by the name Vaslas Odhiambo, whom he said was the main person behind his untold pain and suffering.

Vaslas Odhiambo. Photo/Courtesy

The whole problem started after an allegation of cash lending, where Mr Odhiambo, reportedly accused Kiilu of being behind the loss of Ksh 149,000.00. However, when his cash till was counted in detail, it was revealed that a shortage of Ksh 366.10cts had been recorded and not 149,000 as earlier alleged by Mr Odhiambo.

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“I had worked for Barclays bank for 12 years before I was summarily dismissed for what the bank termed gross misconduct and paid NOTHING. It was an allegation of cash lending and when my cash till was counted in detail, it revealed a shortage of ksh 366.10cts (see attached certificate) This matter has since been processed through the ministry of labour and shock on me, one Vaslas Odhiambo brought in a far fetched false allegation of ksh 149,000.00 which is a total lie.

Mr Vaslas Odhiambo was asked by the conciliator to withdraw that false allegation which, a lie he couldn’t prove but he personally adamantly refused…read part of Kiilu’s statement.

Despite presenting his case to The Ministry of Labour and a final report indicating that his sacking was wrongful, “as it was a case of WITCH HUNT, MALICIOUS, DISCRIMINATION, INTIMIDATION and Nepotism” Mr Vaslas Odhiambo reportedly refused to withdraw the false allegation which he could not provide any proof.

Mr Vaslas Odhiambo was asked by the conciliator to withdraw that false allegation which, a lie he couldn’t prove but he personally adamantly refused.
The ministry of labour report captured that my sacking was wrongful, as it was a case of WITCH HUNT, MALICIOUS, DISCRIMINATION, INTIMIDATION and Nepotism.
In refusing to pay me, Absa/Barclays bank through a letter suspiciously by the same Vaslas Odhiambo quotes the singular false allegation of ksh 149,000.00 as the reason they have not paid me. One wonders why an employee can treat a matter so important in such a careless manner to dishonestly tell a lie…added the statement.
The complainant added that his own investigations revealed that what was supposed to have been paid to him, had allegedly been stolen by one Vaslas Odhiambo and others in the bank.
To add salt on an already paining wound, Barclays Bank reportedly presented negative recommendation reports to two other financial institutions which Barasa had landed opportunities and in the process, leading to the discontinuation of his services.
As if this was not enough the bank allegedly sold Kiilu’s prime plot which he had purchased at Ksh. 800,000 to recover the said loan balance of Ksh.143,000.
Mailu said he was not given even a cent of the balance that remained from the sale. “My name then was placed in CRB to date. Depression sunk in and I nearly died. I am a recovered alcoholic,” he added.
My child has had to drop out of school due to lack of school fees. I am subjected to a livelihood of indignity, going without regular meals.
I have been blocked from seeing the MD of Absa/Barclays bank one Jeremy Awori, by this guy Vaslas Odhiambo together with his colleague, one Purity Maithya who Seats at the MD’s office.
I am sure there are many other people suffering in the same manner as I do because of the same treatment by Absa/Barclays bank.
I am now appealing to the the MD Jeremy Awori to intervene directly and have me paid what is rightfully mine.
Vaslas Odhiambo number is 0726476138.
Here are the screenshots of his case as recorded by the complainant;

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