, NAIROBI, Kenya, July 19 – Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) CEO Jacqueline Mugo has condemned Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi’s move to retire her from National Social Security Board of Trustees terming it unprocedural.
Mugo says in line with the new NSSF Act which came into effect in January 10 this year, she has only served for a period of six months and does not understand why Kambi says she has ‘overstayed’ at the board.
FKE board will now meet this coming Monday to seek for ways of having the gazettement of her retirement revoked with immediate effect.
“Indeed we are surprised as a federation that an Act of Parliament that came into force in January this year can be said to have representatives who have overstayed at the board,” Mugo said at a press conference on Saturday.
According to Section 8 (1) of the Act, a member of the board shall hold office for a term of three years and shall be eligible for re-appointment for one further and final term.
The Labour CS retired Mugo and COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli accusing them of overstaying at the board for 11 and 15 years respectively.
Mugo on her part says she has served at FKE for close to seven and a half years as well as on NSSF Board and not even the 11 years Kazungu claims.
She adds that Kambi’s action had other ill motives which may be related to Tassia II project and the new NSSF Act wrangles, and called on Kambi to keep off from NSSF matters to allow reforms.
“The CS is using powers which do not exist in the Act. He says he will write to FKE to make other nominations again when the term of those he is purporting to remove are still running,” Mugo says adding that in any case there is no way Kambi can dictate to the FKE board who they should chose to represent them at NSSF.
Kambi has indicated that he has already written to COTU and FKE to make new nominations but Mugo said they had not received any communication from him.
Section 8 (b) (i) of the Act states that a Trustee can be removed from office by the Cabinet Secretary if the Trustee has been absent from three consecutive meetings of the Board without the permission of the chairperson and is unable or has neglected to furnish any plausible reason for his absence.
“The section cited by the CS in the gazette notice for their sudden retirement, refers to the removal of a trustee who is “otherwise incapable, unable or unfit to discharge his responsibilities,” Mugo argued.