The Cabinet Secretary for Public Service and Gender, Aisha Jumwa, has stated that she is on a mission to remove public servants who are still in office and have reached their retirement age. She said that since she took her position, she has noticed that many public sector offices are filled with workers who have reached the age-retirement requirements and ought to be sent home.
CS Jumwa added that it has become a tradition that individuals who are past the retirement age gap get contract extensions yet younger people are grappling with the scarcity of job opportunities.
“I noticed that there are older people who have attained the mandatory retirement age but you find that they go to maybe the PSC and they get contracts. They have already retired and instead of going home they are offered contracts for two more years, one year, and so on” said CS Jumwa.
Aisha Jumwa says that she has already written to the Public Service Commission (PSC) to interrogate the matter and oust anyone who has passed the age threshold.
“I wrote a letter to the PSC and told them that we have a law and if someone has attained the required age to retire aende akiendanga so that we give younger people opportunities,” she said.
“We have also said in the Kenya Kwanza manifesto that we will create job opportunities for young people in the nation.”
The Public Service minister went on to add that her proposal will pave the way for a seamless transition for university students into the working sector.