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Former Makasutu Wildlife employee faces counter claim

Jul 25, 2012, 1:29 PM | Article By: Yusuf Ceesay

Ousman Bah, former employee of Makasutu Wildlife Trust, faced a counter claim by his employer, Makasutu Wildlife Trust, at the Industrial Tribunal.

The plaintiff, Makasutu Wildlife Trust, claimed D214,250 against his former employee, Ousman Bah, being cost of accommodation at Makasutu Wildlife, in the West Coast Region, covering the period from 31 December 2009 to 10 April 2012, for rent.

Plaintiff also claimed eviction order, interest at 21 per cent and 4 per cent, as well as damages of D642,750 and cost.

It would be recalled that the defendant in the case, Ousman Bah, earlier filed a claim against his former employer, Makasutu Wildlife Trust, for D60,000 for unpaid wages, breach of contract, and wrongful termination of his service, among others.

Responding to the claim recently while testifying on his earlier claim against Makasutu Wildlife Trust, the defendant told the tribunal that he was asked by one Mr Jamba to come over to live at the plaintiff’s residence.

He added that Mr Jamba said he wanted him to come and live there so that he could remove the security guard.

The defendant revealed that he continued to stay in the plaintiff’s premises after his termination.

“On 29 September 2009, the director, James English, asked me to vacate ,” he told the tribunal, adding that he did not refuse but told them to pay him his six months’ wages so that he could rent a house.

In response, he indicated that Mr English told him there was no money.

According to him, on 3 June 2011, they, the plaintiff, proposed to him that he should stay in one room, and they would rent others if there was a guest.

“Since then, I continued to stay there,” Mr Bah told the tribunal, stating further that it was in the final meeting that they informed him that the place was for rent.

 “I was asked to pay D200 per month,” said the witness.

According to him, at that rate, they were supposed to provide him with security, water, Kerosene for light, but they failed to do so, noting that he did not offer any amount.

The case was adjourned till 7 August 2012.

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