Uchumi bosses escape lynching in staff strike


The Garden City headquartered Uchumi supermarket has Monday shut down its Kabalagala branch owing to a workers’ strike.

Uchumi Supermarkets Ltd (Uchumi Supermarkets Limited) is a Kenya-based company engaged in the retail supermarkets operation.

It distributes bakery, wines, meat, fish, vegetables, as well as kitchen appliances and decoration, among others.

The Company operates a network of 37 branches across East Africa.

The closure of its Kabalagala branch comes after the shutdown of another branch in Nateete, another Kampala suburb.

Today, workers took matters into their own hands and demanded for salaries without excuses.

Workers who spoke to us said they had spent six months without pay.

“We realized something was wrong when our bosses closed off the Kabalagala branch only weeks after they had closed the Nateete branch,” a worker told us.

Failure to give the workers an explanation as to why the branches were being closed off spread panic among the staff.

We are told that the bosses either on suspicion on a tip off learnt that the workers were in advanced plans to execute their mission of beating them up unless they are paid.

The bosses quietly sneaked out of their offices one after the other and disappeared in thin air.

Angry workers also refused to serve customers leaving them stranded.

They later closed down the supermarket and left the premises with all the keys.

The Kenyan company is reportedly planning to leave the Ugandan market.

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