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Kenya postal workers opt to retire

NAIROBI, Kenya Aug 20 – Four hundred Postal Corporation of Kenya employees are up for voluntary retirement as the company seeks to restructure itself and improve efficiency.

Information and Communications Minister Samuel Poghisio says the move is not a retrenchment exercise but measures to make the corporation lean as it makes room to grow its revenues.

“There needs to be some order at posta and we need to help posta shed some of the weight it has in terms of works and such,” Mr Poghisio said.

The decision to let the workers go was arrived at last year after consultations with the ministry and is expected to cost Sh2 million.

Mr Poghisio said the Postal Corporation is now charged with more responsibilities that encompass courier services and internet services that needed to be developed.

“The Postal Corporation needs to be supported to do what it does best which is provide services to Kenyans. It has the potential to grow rapidly,” he said.

The Minister spoke as he led corporation heads through a performance contract signing ceremony. He urged the parastal heads to change with the times and usher in cutting edge strategies that would take their organizations forward.

The Kenya ICT Board was challenged to increase the country’s internet infrastructure to ensure its services are available to all Kenyans. The Brand Kenya board was given a five-month deadline to have its master plan in place as it seeks to market Kenya globally.

“Performance contracts are a very serious issue. It’s not going to be business as usual and we will be raising the bar much higher going forward,” he stressed.

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