EABL CEO Charles Ireland (right) and finance director Tracey Barnes at a past press briefing. 

The Director of Immigration, Ministry of Interior and coordination of National Government,

Dear Sir,


Iam an employee who left East African Breweries last year and I felt that it was very important for immigration to know the frustrations the staff in particular and EABL in general have been going through because of the Group Finance Director called Tracy Barnes.

We have not met the targets for 2 years because of the unreasonable targets set by the group finance director. The targets are not only unrealistic and unachievable but purely meant to frustrate employees so that they are sacked and replaced with whites and that is exactly what has been happening.

It is very bad for Kenyans to be frustrated in their own soil by a foreigner yet we have a solid Government with a strong immigration department which is supposed to protect its citizens.

The Jubilee Government promised 500,000 jobs per year yet it is watching when over 100 employees lost their jobs in EABL because of this racial woman who said EABL was dominated by one tribe – KIKUYU and she vowed to dismantle them which she has successfully done within two years of her stay here.

She is ever bringing white people to do funny projects everywhere. By the time i left, there were still many whites while Kenyans are being shown the door. My friends who are still there tells me that its getting worse and she is abusing staff calling them blacks.

She discriminates against Kenyans and thinks that only whites can do the very simple jobs yet we have been doing the same jobs before in EABL for all those years the company has been existing.

She has already completed 3(Three) years and to my little knowledge, i have never seen her support a single Kenyan to understudy her roles.

It is very important to know that before she took over this position , it used to held by a Kenyan by the name Peter Ndegwa and she made sure that he was removed.

Why should Immigration be allowing Kenyan positions be occupied by foreigners with all due respect? 

She is very malicious and looks for all means possible to put down Kenyans in a bid to get a job for the white and she has succeeded in all cases.

Few of my friends have told me that she has even gone to the extent of demoting people if she does not succeed to have them send home. She has frustrated very many of our Kenyan people.

This is our country which we must be proud of even if we are blacks or Kikuyus as she calls us.

I believe you saw in the media for the last two years that most of the senior positions have been taken over by foreigners which were held by Kenyans. Just to mention, below are a few of the positions which were held by Kenyans and have been taken over by foreigners after the Kenyans were either sacked or forced to resign;  

  • Group managing Director was held by Gerald Mahinda and he was replaced by Charles Ireland.
  • Group operations Director was held by Mr. Kareithi and he was replaced by Peter Votglader
  • Group controls and compliance manager was held by Peter Ndete and he was replaced by  Patriceh
  • Route consumer manager  was a Kenyan who is expected to know all the Kenyan routes but he was replaced by Alaister Musslewhit and list goes on.
  • The legal counsel/company secretary was held by Mrs. Agnes Murgor and she was replaced by James Edmund  

It is worthy noting that Mrs. Tracy Barnes’ position was previously held by a Kenyan by the name Peter Ndegwa who did it so well that the company financial position was very sound unlike today. 

It is very sad to say that the senior positions held by the few remaining Kenyans are clearly in danger if Tracy Barnes is left to continue in her position. 

For the sake of our Kenyan people working in fear in EABL who are working for their innocent wives and children in school, I strongly urge the department to cancel the above work permit immediately. 

(anonymous with) C.C:

The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior and coordination of National Government, P.o Box 30191-00100, Nairobi

The Chairman, Ethics &Anti-Corruption  Commission, Integrity Centre, P.o Box 61130-00200, Nairobi. 

Chief of Staff,Office of The President, Harambee House, P.o Box  62345- 00200 Nairobi

The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Labour, 

COFEK Response in Letter to Director of Immigration copied to Mr Charles Ireland and Ms Tracey Barnes of EABL and Mr Ivan Menezes of Diageo PLC

An anonymous letter addressed to you in regard to the abovementioned subject matter, refers. 

We are most aggrieved at the fact that your Department has not only allowed too many unnecessary expatriates but some like the one adversely mentioned at the EABL – to cause an untold pain to Kenyan workers on their own soil. It is very unfortunate that in the last on month, 3 senior officers including a Director in the Finance Department resigned on account of alleged mistreatment by Ms Barnes. 

Indeed, it is difficult to comprehend and no manner of excuse(s) can justify the continued stay of Ms Tracy Barnes in Kenya, Kenya’s bilateral relations with the UK notwithstanding. In the spirit of fairness, however, and within the provisions of Article 50 of the Constitution, we DEMAND as follows; 

(a)    THAT Ms Tracy Barnes and all other expatriates at the EABL be summoned to your office, no later than 72 hours (and at which meeting we wish to be observers) to establish the validity and the merit of the said work permit(s). 

(b)   THAT your Department show cause, within 7 days with effect from the date hereof,  why legal action should not be take against the entire Department and specifically your officers who approved the said work permits. 

(c)    THAT within 14 days, you provide firm grounds that such wrongs of commission and or omission in the issuance of work permits and passports (both ordinary and diplomatic) will not be entertained and should the same be breached- individual approving officers shall take full personal responsibility for the same.

We look forward to your early and favourable response. Thank you


November 2013: Group managing director and CEO Charles Ireland, finance director Tracey Barnes and supply chain director Christian Von Der Heide had been given a dateline by the ministry of labour to pay 57 workers or face arrest.

The employees were attached to EABL’s subsidiary Central Glass Industries (CGI) before their transfer to a human resources outsourcing firm, prompting them to seek the help of the ministry to claim their retirement dues from the listed brewer.


#6 Moses 2016-09-05 13:48
Diageo, a UK company is the majority shareholder in EABL. The effect of selling off shares for personal gain through using Govt resources.
#5 anonymous 2016-01-21 12:35
But again the same company if wholly left with kenyans to run it will be on its knees in no time. Having one tribe dominating in such a compay is unacceptable. I condem rasism though.
#4 anon 2015-09-04 08:57
And why were all those previous positions held by kikuyus?or are kikuyus the only Kenyans who are allowed?
#3 Chris 2015-07-07 12:47
Aende mara hiyo hiyo.
#2 Chris Kituto 2015-07-07 12:46
We must not allow such racists. She should be shown the door.
#1 Anonymous 2015-05-29 07:26
Hi ! What was the outcome or conclusion of this sad saga ?

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