« PREVIOUS |
Saturday, 11 March 2017
Two years after being dismissed by the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) from their positions with the Kenya Men’s Sevens team, South Africans Vuyo Zanqa and Graham Bentz will find justice for their wrongful sacking.
The High Court has ordered Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) to pay former Kenya Sevens deputy coach Vuyolwetu (Vuyo) Zangqa and strength and conditioning trainer Graham Bentz Sh 11.11m for wrongful dismissal.
According to a decree and order issued by the deputy registrar employment and labour relations court in Nairobi on February 28, Bentz will be paid $72,600 (Sh7.26m while Zangqa $38,500 (Sh3.85m).
The two South African tacticians took the KRU alongside its chairman Richard Omwela and Chief Executive Officer Ronald Bukusi to court in October 2015 after they were dismissed.
The court then forwarded the case for Arbitration where Zangqa and Bentz won the case on October 31, 2016, but Justice Nelson Abuodha adopted the Award on February 7, 2017 before the order was issued three weeks later.
Graham Bentz (left) and Vuyo Zangqa (middle) with then Kenya7s head coach Paul Treu
Zangqa and Bentz, who were to handle Kenya Sevens alongside their fellow countryman Paul Treu until after the 2016 Rio Olympics Games, were fired after a new technical bench headed by Benjamin Ayimba was appointed in September 2015. Treu had resigned in December 2014, only one year into his three-year contract with Kenya Sevens, leaving his fellow countrymen behind.
Ayimba, who replaced Felix “Toti” Ochieng, picked Paul Murunga as his deputy with Geoffrey Kimani as his strength and conditioning coach.
Zangqa and Bentz had a month before their dismissal faced a disciplinary committee on charges of going on strike with the players on July 2015.
“It’s good that justice has been served but I will be happy if that money is paid,” said Bentz adding that he will comment further if the payments come through.