NAIROBI, September 5 – The Board of Trustees of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) said Friday that it would meet in a few days to start the process of recruiting a new Managing Trustee.
Board member Patrick Obath who represents the Federation of Kenya Employers revealed to Capital News that they were in the process of identifying a recruitment agency for an open and transparent process.
The Managing Trustee’s position fell vacant last week after Labour Minister John Munyes sent Rachel Lumbasyo on compulsory leave pending retirement, to pave way for investigations into the management of the pension fund.
Obath said all the nine members fully supported the process to recruit a new boss following a directive issued by Prime Minister Raila Odinga. “We are all focusing on finding a replacement for the outgoing Managing Trustee,” he said.
There had been a weeklong stalemate over the matter after the board initially resisted the sacking by Munyes.
The board had even rejected the minister’s choice of Fred Rabongo to serve in an acting capacity. It took the intervention of the Prime Minister who on Thursday said he supported Munyes’ actions to set in motion the process of getting a new person to head the NSSF.
A statement issued by Raila’s office said the NSSF Act empowered the Labour Minister to ‘relieve’ the Managing Trustee of her duties. He had also said an acting head should have been someone from within the NSSF.
Obath said the board would also meet and make a recommendation to the minister as to who would be appointed the Managing Trustee in an acting capacity.
“We are going to take the PM’s directive into consideration when making our decision,” he said.
The NSSF is a State Corporation that was established in 1965 to administer a provident fund scheme for all workers in Kenya.
Its membership has grown steadily over the years and by the end of 2007, it had a cumulative registered membership of about 3 million.