Odongo sacked as NSSF chief

July 22, 2013
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Odongo said he learnt of his sacking on social media/FILE
Odongo said he learnt of his sacking on social media/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 22 – National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Managing Trustee Tom Odongo has been sacked and ordered to vacate office with immediate effect.

Ministry of Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi has instructed Odongo to hand over office to the Corporation Secretary Hope Mwashumbe.

“I regret to inform you that your employment with the National Social Security Fund shall be terminated with immediate effect and in accordance with paragraph 20(1) of your contract,” a letter to Odongo dated July 22 read.

Kambi said Odongo will be paid his dues as stipulated in his contract.

“In lieu of the three months notice, you will be paid an equivalent of three months pensionable pay. Gratuity payments shall be made in accordance with your contract.”

No reasons were given for terminating the contract.

When reached for comment by Capital FM Business, Odongo said he had not yet received the letter and was shocked to get the information about his termination on social media.

“I am currently in the countryside and I have just seen that on Twitter. The Cabinet Secretary is the appointing authority and has the right to do whatever he wants. Remember, we serve at the pleasure of the government,” Odongo said on phone.

He says he will not push the matter and will ‘honourably’ obey the order and hand over office.

“I did not see any sign about this but all in all I have to follow the will of the government. The Cabinet Secretary did not even call me to inform me. It is the will of the government because we are servants,” Odongo added.

The move comes at a time when NSSF has kicked off reforms at the organization which has led to the sacking of over 305 members of staff to reduce costs.

A second retrenchment was in the offing.

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