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No Contract Past Retirement Age, PSC Tells Workers

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Public Service Commission (PSC) chairperson Stephen Kirogo. Photo Courtesy

No Contract Past Retirement Age, PSC Tells Workers

Public Service Commission (PSC) chairperson Stephen Kirogo made the announcement in a memo to staff last week, dealing a blow to civil servants who have attained the mandatory retirement age of 60 and had applied to have their contracts extended.

Kirogo said from January, PSC would not approve contract extensions for employees who attain the mandatory retirement age.

As a result, all employees aged 60 will be required to exit the service. Government employees with disabilities will work until the age of 65 after which they will be required to retire.

Kirogo said while the retirement age was reviewed from 55 to 60 in 2009 to seal the succession gaps and prevent the need for employees requesting for contract extensions, many employees were still requesting to be allowed to work beyond their retirement years.

Public Service Commission (PSC) chairperson Stephen Kirogo. Photo Courtesy

“With effect from January 1, 2021, the commission shall not approve any extension of service for officers retiring from the Service upon attainment of the mandatory retirement age of 60, and 65 for persons with disabilities,” the memo said.

He added that the Public Service Commission Act provides that all public officers should retire from the service with effect from the date of attaining the mandatory retirement age.

The exception will be the academic staff of public universities and research scientists whose retirement age shall be guided by the relevant legislation and guidelines.

He said the retirement age was increased 11 years ago to cushion public service from the loss of employees with critical skills while they were still productive, especially employees in professional and technical areas with hands-on experience, where the government has invested considerable resources in training and capacity building.

Despite the review, he said, PSC had been inundated by requests from employees reluctant to retire and who are seeking contract extension after attaining retirement age.

 

Felicity Gitonga

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