Former Rwandatel employees in dilemma

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Kigali-Rwanda-They were laid off after the company dealing with internet service provider ISP and mobile network Rwandatel SA lost GSM license by utility regulator (RURA). The matter became more complicated when the court declared the company liquidation.

It has been almost 15 months when Rwandatel initially wrote to more than two hundreds (200) employees who were forced to “technical leave” in May 2011 due to GSM license withdraw in April 2001 according to the company.

These former employees of Rwandatel were told that their salary of the month of May would be found to their respective accounts. And this group of people says they waited only to find their accounts disappointing

According to the several correspondences signed by Rwandatel Managing director Richard Mugisha, the employees who were on technical leave not only were to be paid the salary of May 2011 but also the terminal contacts benefits if there was to be terminated indefinitely.

“Rwandatel wrote the first letter (180/05/2001) forcing me to three months technical leave claiming the GSM licenses had been revoked. Yes, but how does that affect my salary, contract with terminal benefits up to now? And why has the administration failed to explain to us about our salary and benefits,” Jean Didier Nsengiyumva furiously complained to Great Lakes Voice

Another correspondence which Great Lakes Voice has a copy, Rwandatel SA was informing the employees who were forced to what the company calls “technical leave” that their contracts has expired and Rwandatel has been declared liquidity thus the law of company liquidity would be used to determine their benefits

“Rwandatel administration sent me another letter in September 30, 2011 with reference number 334/9/11/100-RWT-Admin telling me about liquidation of the company. It’s was unfortunate. Strange part of it was that, my contract has been expired and as if that’s not enough, then they said I will be paid under insolvency laws. Remember they had not paid the other three months and they have failed to pay us even up to now” Nsengiyumva who was a driver said.

Since then, the former employees, claim they have wrote pleading letters to public service commission, Ministry of labour but in vain

“Our complaints letter has been forwarded to prime Minister hoping to get a positive response but seems his office is not reacting on time,” Nsengiyumva added


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