The Nairobi County Assembly has launched an initiative to replace former employees with young and energetic staff through a voluntary retirement process.
A report filed in the county assembly shows that of the roughly 14,000 senior executives, 60% are between the ages of 50 and 60, with an average of 651 officers retiring each year.
“For the county to be up to the task, it takes energetic people. Some of the workers we have in some areas worked in the old city council, but at the moment we need people who are also tech savvy,” said Umoja 1 ward representative Mark Mugambi.
Mugambi used his Umoja 1 ward as an example, which he says has less than ten county staff working in the environmental sector across the ward, who are tasked with back-breaking jobs including unclogging drainage systems. .
More worrying, he said, is that with the older workforce, another 25% have been slowed down by health problems, alcohol addiction and cases of absconding.
For this reason, the MP said it was necessary to facilitate their retirement benefits and encourage dignified early retirement. According to the report’s findings, 550 county employees retired in 2020 and another 535 in 2021.
This year, 682 are reported to have already retired and in 2023, some 950 employees are expected to leave.
The motion to expedite voluntary retirement was approved by the Assembly, setting the stage for the County Public Service Board to advise the executive accordingly.
In support of the proposal, Assembly Majority Leader Peter Imwatok said it was concerning that some county staff were too old and frail to perform energy-intensive tasks.
“The HR department and the administration need to know what time certain employees have the energy to serve in certain departments,” he said.
Imwatok noted that a previous workforce audit found the county was insuring about 2,000 non-existent employees.
Meanwhile, the plight of the county’s aging employees has been factored into the 38 billion shillings development budget which was passed in the Assembly on November 10.
The finance committee, chaired by Wilfred Odalo, noted that the dismissal of staff would be carried out in accordance with the law and that the remaining staff would be facilitated with the necessary work tools.
“The Committee noted that there are a number of initiatives to boost staff morale, including the introduction of voluntary early retirement, car and mortgage loans, and allowances for the purchase of staff uniforms. staff,” Odalo said.
Ward representatives said staff targeted for early retirement should be provided with psychosocial support to prepare them for a rewarding life afterwards.