Sakaja fires 700 NMS employees

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Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja PHOTO | COURTESY

The Nairobi County government has released 700 employees of the defunct Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) citing an expiry of their contacts. Nairobi County Head of Public Service, Jairus Musumba, explained that their contracts expired in December 2022.

“I want to confirm that we have not sacked any employee. The contracts they entered with NMS have expired and we are not in a position to renew them,” he said.

The officers have been working at the County Government of Nairobi as constables on renewable three-year contracts subject to satisfactory performance.

NMS whose tenure ended last year said when it was recruiting the staffers, that the new recruits will help replace those who have left service through natural attrition as well as boost the numbers of officers available for service.

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The move was aimed at reinvigorating a unit that is grappling with older staff. Recruitment for the unit was done over a decade ago.

“These workers were employed professionally by the Public Service Commission for a contract of three years. Sakaja and NMS signed a deal during the transition, with the governor promising to absorb the staff,” NMS Chief Enforcement Officer, Wabuyabo Alex has lamented the move to fire them claiming that they were treated unfairly by the county government.

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