Seasoned public relations professional Mrs. Gina Din-Kariuki has joined Kakuzi Plc’s Independent Human Rights Advisory Committee (IHRAC), signaling the full constitution of the committee.
Kakuzi Plc Managing Director Mr. Chris Flowers said the appointment of Mrs Din-Kariuki, to the IHRAC chaired by former Attorney General Prof Githu Muigai takes immediate effect.
The Board of Kakuzi Plc is pleased to announce the entry of Mrs Din-Kariuki to the Independent Human Rights Advisory Committee. Her entry, following an in-depth selection process, now completes the constitution of the five-member committee, which provides independent advice on human rights to the Board.
Welcoming Mrs. Din-Kariuki to the IHRAC, Prof Muigai said that the team is delighted to welcome Mrs Din-Kariuki as a member of the Independent Human Rights Advisory Committee.
Commenting on her appointment, Mrs. Din-Kariuki said, “I am pleased to join the Kakuzi IHRAC as part of a personal commitment to advance human rights excellence. Kakuzi is making excellent progress by upholding global operating standards. I am confident that the IHRAC team will serve for the betterment of the organization and its stakeholders as well as to demonstrate to a wider audience how integrating Human Rights into a business environment can be practically and credibly achieved.
The IHRAC includes former Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) Board Member Grace Madoka, former Finlays Kenya Legal and HR Director Dr. Brenda Achieng, and Kakuzi Plc non-executive independent director Andrew Ndegwa.
Kakuzi, a subsidiary of Camellia PLC based in the UK, has been alleged over the years to have committed atrocities and malpractices ranging from killings, rape, and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence committed by its guards causing grievous bodily harm, abominable labour injustices, wanton violence, bad corporate governance and gross, historical land injustices which have dispossessed more than 13 neighboring communities within Murang’a and the adjacent counties.
In February this year, Camellia Plc, announced that it has paid Ksh696 million to settle claims of alleged human rights abuses perpetrated by employees in its Kenyan agricultural operation.
It is these cases that led to the Independent Human Rights Advisory Committee as part of the wider reforms the company committed to instituting to improve its relations with locals in Murang’a and the environs.