THE Lusaka Boma Local Court has ordered Ngucha Energy chief executive officer Natasha Hara to compensate a female employee she called and foolish and stupid.
Blessings Sikombe aged 29 dragged her former boss before Magistrate Linda Tembo for calling her ‘stupid’ and ‘laptop thief’.
In events that are likely to make gender activists like NGOCC weep, Hara, a female CEO 29 is said to have first told off her fellow female employee, Sikombe that she preferred working with men than fellow ladies.
And so, when the company’s financial position worsened and she had to let go of employees; female Sikombe was top of the list of fired workers.
But as if that was not enough, when Sikombe went to follow up her gratuity which she alone had not been paid, CEO Hara went bananas and started calling her ‘stupid’ and that she would be paid her ‘stupid gratuity’ soon.
Hurt with the heavy load of sexism from her fellow female, dismissal, and insults, Sikombe sought the help of the court by suing Hara.
Arraigned before Magistrate Tembo, CEO Hara did not even attempt to deny her conduct as she admitted insulting Sikombe.
“Yes her and I had a heated argument on her last day at the company, we both raised our voices on each other. I told her that we lost the company laptop because of her and I did nothing to her, she has a very bad altitude that I could not tolerate, yes I called her stupid too and that was because someone needed to put her in her place.
“I have been very lenient on her for long, she came in my office and disrespected me and I guess no one likes to be disrespected. I then ordered her to leave the company premises and pack whatever belonged to her and leave behind what belonged to the campany. I had made several complaints about her behaviour to the same HR too,” said Hara.
Despite CEO Hara being unapologetic about her insults, the court allowed her to catwalk out of court with a mere K3000 fine to be paid in two instalments of K1500 each.
“Since you never rebuffed the accusation and insults, and with the proof of the recording presented before court, the court shall order you to compensate the plaintiff with K3, 000,” said Magistrate Tembo.
By Buumba Mwitumwa
Kalemba June 26, 2023