The former chief engineer now over 85% impotent blames the company for failing to declare his work-related accident.
The case is currently before the High Court of Justice (HCJ) of the Mfoundi in Yaoundé since last April. Benoit Keuda, a former chief engineer at the Sugar Corporation of Cameroon (SOSUCAM) is suing his former employer for negligence and demanding 332 million CFA francs representing medical costs and damages and interest due to his alleged negligence, reports the weekly Kalara of Monday, July 3, 2017. Abandoned by the company which did not pay him a single coin while in intensive care, the complainant claims to have sold off all his patrimony to pay the medical expenses, the future of his family.
According to his remarks, the company did not report his work accident on August 22, 2005. On that day, while he was repairing a pump that was squeezing caustic soda, this highly toxic product spurted out of the pipes and spread over his feet, hands and shoulders. This caused severe burns and a permanent physical disability of 85%. And it is only after 5 years that he took steps with the CNPS to benefit from a repair. Unfortunately, he discovered that SOSUCAM did not declare his accident within the time prescribed by law.
The newspaper reports that the former chief prides himself on a permanent worker status denied by the company. Indeed, Benoit Keuda had been dismissed by the SOSUCAM while he was still in intensive care.
“I was ranked in 6th category grade A, of the National Agricultural Collective Agreement and related activities and several times honored with various distinctions. SOSUCAM was wrong to refuse to take charge of me under the false pretense that I was not a permanent worker, “he said after failing again to acknowledge the abusive nature of his dismissal.
This case, which has just undergone a new postponement, will continue on 27 July.