The Management of Marwako Fast Food Ltd says it is saddened by the court’s decision to hand a nine-month jail term to its supervisor, Jihad Chaaban.
Nonetheless, it says it respects the judicial process and that it would continue to support Chaaban should he go ahead with an appeal.
Chaaban was on Wednesday jailed nine months by the Abeka District Court for shoving the face of a female employee into a blender filled with pepper, onions and other vegetables.
He was sentenced to six months and nine months on the charges of assault and unlawfully causing harm, respectively. Both sentences will run concurrently.
A statement issued on Thursday and signed by the Director of Public Relations of Marwako Fast Food, Alhaji Mohammed Amin Lamptey said although the management was saddened by the court’s judgement, it respects the decision.
“The Management of Marwako Fast Food Ltd wishes to reiterate its utmost respect for the Ghanaian judicial process in the wake of the sentencing of one of our staff members, Mr. Jihad Chaaban, following an altercation with another member of staff.
“Inasmuch as we are a responsible corporate citizen and demonstrated our reverence for the judicial process by cooperating fully with the process, we are naturally saddened by the latest twist,” the statement said.
“As management, we had hoped that the unfortunate and unacceptable misunderstanding between two of our staff members would have been settled amicably out of court, with all medical bills and compensation due the victim settled. In spite of our sadness, we respect the judgement and will continue to support both Mr. Chaaban, if he decides to appeal, as well as Madam Evelyn in her healing process,” it added.
According to the statement, the management has taken steps to prevent a reoccurrence of such an incident.
“As a responsible entity, Marwako fast food has since the unfortunate incident, taken steps to ensure that this does not happen again at any of our four (4) branches… As part of efforts to further strengthen the spirit of camaraderie amongst the staff, as well as their safety and security, seminars on internal relations, staff retreat, customer service delivery, interdepartmental communication and employer-employee relationship are currently underway,” the statement said.
The statement further expressed gratitude to patrons of the restaurant who stood behind the brand in the wake of the fracas and during the entire court process.
“We are particularly grateful to our loyal customers for their vehemence resistance of the attempt by some elements to damage our brand as a result of what happened. What happened has been a learning curve for everyone at Marwako, and we will continue to improve and ensure the best for our staff members and patrons,” it added.