There will be no extension of service for civil servants retiring once they attain the mandatory retirement age of 60 years from January 2021.
Public Service Commission Chairperson Stephen Kirogo on Saturday said despite the Public Service Act says that government officers shall retire with effect after sixty years, the commission has continued to receive letters requesting extensions.
“The Commission or other appointing authority shall not extend the service of such retired public officer beyond the mandatory retirement age,” Kirogo stated.
At the moment there are thousands of civil servants serving in various public officers who are over 60 years.
Kirogo urged government ministries, departments, and Agencies to ensure proactive succession, planning for continuity in service delivery upon the retirement of public officers.
He noted that the retirement age for academic staff of public universities and research scientists shall be determined by relevant legislation.
The compulsory retirement age for Public servants with disabilities is, however, put at 65.
“Kindly bring the contents of this circular to all officers under your jurisdiction for information and implementation accordingly, ” he said.
The commission in 2009 reviewed the mandatory retirement age for the public officers from fifty-five to sixty to cushion the public from losing employees with essential skills while they are still productive.
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The retirement age of fifty-five further triggered succession loopholes in key areas necessitating requests for extension.
Some government officers are normally retained on a contract basis once they attain the mandatory retirement age.