NI KUBAYA…JIPANGE MAPEMA…NEW RETIREMENT AGED PROPOSED

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“The bill seeks to improve the living conditions of older members of society by providing for their rights to human dignity, safety and security, education, health and equality and non-discrimination,” the Kiambu Woman Representative Gathoni Wambuchomba-sponsored bill states.

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Former Devolution Permanent Secretary Irungu Nyakera has considered the Geriatric Bill 2021 as retogressive as it seeks to have retired civil servants rehired back by the government.Speaking at an interview with a local tv station, Nyakera suggested that the retirement age for civil servants be lowered from 60 to 55 to pave the way for employment opportunities for the youth.

“What we have is a civil service that does not absorb younger people. In my view, we should reduce the retirement age to 55 and then as the other people retire you bring in the new people and find a way of mentoring them through the system,” Stated Nyakera.

“About 15 percent of civil servants are below 40 years old and I believe 35 percent between 40 and 50, and 50 percent above 50 so if there are mentors who are required, they are already there,” he added.

He further stated that civil servants on the threshold of retirement should hand down skills to younger staff instead of clinging to power.

“The reason the retirement age is very clear is that by 60 if there is anything to be passed on to others it needs to be done timely. If we make it that you can still stick on beyond 60 you will find that people don’t want to pass on skills,” the former PS stated.

“When I was the PS for transport we had that issue with senior engineers at the railway until we had some who were 78 and are holding on to their files and not wanting to pass any information because they know once they pass it to the younger people they are no longer needed at work,” he added.

The Geriatric Bill 2021 will, if passed into law, see retired teachers, security officers and medics return to employment in a bid to provide for the well-being, safety and security of the elders.

“The bill seeks to improve the living conditions of older members of society by providing for their rights to human dignity, safety and security, education, health and equality and non-discrimination,” the Kiambu Woman Representative Gathoni Wambuchomba-sponsored bill states.

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