Gov’t Refuses To Extend Services Of Public Servants Retiring In January

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The Public Service Commission has refused to extend the services of public servants set to retire in January next year after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 60 years.

In a notice dated Thursday, November 19, PSC Chairman Stephen Kirogo stated the commission has decided not to approve any extension of services officers retiring upon attainment of retirement age adding that persons with disability will retire at the age of 65 years.

Kirogo said that the retirement age for academic staff of public universities and research scientists shall be guided by the relevant legislation and guidelines.

“The commission has continued to receive numerous requests for extension of service for various reasons,” noted Stephen Kirogo, Chairman Public Service Commission.

The Public Service Commission Chairman, Stephen Kirogo. Photo/Courtesy

“We have decided that, with effect from January 1, the commission shall not approve any extension of service for officers retiring from service upon attainment of the mandatory retirement age of 60 years, and 65 years for persons with disability. The retirement age for academic staff of public universities and research scientists shall be guided by the relevant legislation and guidelines.” He said.

The commission directed the ministries, departments, and agencies to ensure proactive succession plan to ensure continuity in service delivery upon the retirement of officers.

In 2009, the government increased the retirement age to 60 years from 55 in a move meant to ensure skilled people remain in service longer.

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