There was a major standoff at the luxury Kampala Serena Hotel after employees laid down their tools and demanded that their General Manager Anthony Chege immediately relinquishes the office.
According to a tweet from journalist Samson Kasumba, the disgruntled staff held a strike in the hotel lobby before guests demanding the General Manager resigns over what they termed as unfair treatment and discrimination by the manager. The Ugandan staff allege that they are paid peanuts yet they do donkey’s work compared to their Kenyan counterparts who are paid in millions of shillings.
According to a source, the staff protested with placards expressing their dissatisfaction with management accusing Anthony Chege of refusing to be transferred to Tanzania, thus adding that he was illegally holding the office. Among those who were involved in the strike include; chefs, room cleaners among others. Apparently, the staff say that they are paid between Shs300,000 to Shs500,000 yet other Kenyan employees holding the same position are paid over Shs1m.
The luxurious and magnificent Serena Hotel is part of the Agha Khan Empire with its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
This is not the first time staff have protested over Chege’s administration. Last year, they again striked accusing Chege of abuse of office, poor management and mistreatment of employees. Chege has been the General Manager at the Kampala Serena Hotel since 2011.
This crisis prompted Managing Director of Serena Hotels Group Mahmoud Jan Mohamed to fly into Uganda from Nairobi to address the staff grievances.