Maseru – Following the outbreak of Avian Influenza in June in South Africa, the government of Lesotho through the Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition imposed a ban on the import of all poultry products from South Africa. This ban forced fast food franchises like KFC to temporarily close shop which has dampened the festive mood not only for its patrons but also for its employees who are now facing loss of income.
Public Eye has it in good authority that KFC is implementing a no-work no pay policy on their employees during the time of closure. Attempts were made to seek clarity on the matter were fruitless when this reporter visited the head office yesterday where she was given an e-mail address to direct any inquiries. By the time of going to print there was no response to the email inquiry.
KFC does not seem to keen to shed light on when it will possibly be opening its doors again and what this means for its employees, especially during this festive season. Inside sources, who spoke on condition they should not be identified told Public Eye that KFC is looking into the possibility of importing chicken from other countries like Namibia which would be more expensive to carry out and might mean price increases would have to be passed on to consumers if that happens.