Fight corruption, fix un-employment to reduce wage bill
10 March 2015, 13:31
Nairobi - The Union of Kenya Civil Servants (UKCS) has given the government an ultimatum of one week to withdraw a statement published in one of the dailies claiming that Public Service Commission will lay off County staff or face them in court.
Addressing reporters in the union headquarters, the Secretary General, Tom Odege dismissed the report as reckless and not deserving to come from the chairman.
"The statement that is attributed to Professor Kobia is aimed at provoking the civil servants and will not be accepted nor tolerated. The commission is independent but the way it is, the chair appears to be a puppet of some forces," he said.
He also said they will consider calling a strike if their demands are not met.
The Secretary General said from the 60 000 civil servants the commission wants to axe, more than 40 000 are health workers yet statistics indicate that more are needed in the country.
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He added that as for now, more servants are needed in all public sectors and urged the government to stop cheating Kenyans that they can fix the wage bill by retrenching staffs, calling them to instead work towards fixing the economy.
"Let them fight corruption, embezzlement of funds and fix un-employment in the country rather than lying to Kenyans that they can fix it by retrenching officers," he said.
He said the civil service is not responsible for the ballooning wage bill and that it should not be used as a scapegoat to victimize any civil servant.
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