Kenyan workers protest over racist German manager who fled the country


47-year-old Hinteregger Yugen, the German manager at Thiba Dam who was questioned by DCI over ...
47-year-old Hinteregger Yugen, the manager at Thiba Dam who was questioned by DCI over alleged racist abuse and assault on Kenyan workers. Photo/Courtesy

In Summary

  • Hinteregger Yugen, who works for Strabag International, had physically assaulted them on several occasions despite complaints registered to the police.
  • The workers who recorded statements at Kiayaga police station said that the German always got away with it by threatening to sack anyone who dared to speak out.
  • Kennedy Maina, a technician in the company, is reported to have narrowly escaped death after Yugen almost killed him while he was walking out of a container where tools are kept.

Workers at the Thiba Dam in Kirinyaga County downed their tools in protest over attacks by a German manager who is said to have fled the country.

Activities at the Ksh.20billion construction site were paralyzed for hours after the irate workers demanded that their grievances be addressed.

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The workers said Hinteregger Yugen, who works for Strabag International, had physically assaulted them on several occasions despite complaints registered to the police.

“Our manager Yugen is a violent person canning even aged workers. Today he threatened to beat me and after I tried pleading with him to forgive me, he got mad threw a metallic door at me. I had to shout for help,” said another worker.

According to their spokesman Kennedy Maina, they have been working under conditions of fear, intimidation and threats.

On Tuesday, area MP Gichimu Githinji called a meeting with the workers and their management to sort out the issue.

MP Gichimu said he would follow up the matter assuring them that police have reached out to Interpol to trace the missing manager.

However, Gichugu OCPD Anthony Mbogo refused to comment on the matter.

Report by Thuku Bon

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