Governor Mike Sonko's Cabinet Faces Crisis as 731 Workers Leave City Hall

  • Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko previously Twitter
  • Nairobi County Government is staring at a crisis as several workers approach the end of their tenure in public service.

    At least 731 employees will leave their county government jobs during this 2018/19 financial year.

    Deliberations on containing the effects of the looming mass staff exit featured in a recent cabinet meeting chaired by Governor Mike Sonko at City Hall on Wednesday.

    Nairobi County Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko

    The County Devolution and Public Service Management CEC Veska Kangogo, during the cabinet meeting, admitted that the county was striving to explore ways of filling the positions that shall fall vacant.

    Kangogo stated that the public service docket was set to effect the retirement of the workers and will focus on hiring more skilled personnel.

    "We have no engineers and we are also looking for about 200 officers because you know we are retiring about 731 employees this financial year," observed Kangogo.

    The retirement is in line with Governor Sonko's Labour Day declaration that his administration had engaged workers' union officials to strike an early retirement deal that could be considered by staff above the age of 50.

    A majority of Nairobi's estimated 13,000 work-force are ageing and many could retire within the next ten years.

    70 percent of the ageing county workers are either unskilled or semiskilled, a situation that had forced the administration to spare Kshs1 Billion in September last year to facilitate their early retirement.

    The cabinet meeting also deliberated on the upcoming monthly city cleaning exercise which had been rescheduled early this month.

    County Secretary Peter Kariuki and the Nairobi Attorney Lydiah Kwamboka also attended the meeting.

    Nairobi County Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko in office