The County Administration of Uasin Gishu recently organized a significant event to celebrate and honor 68 employees who retired last year, recognizing their dedication and valuable contributions across various sectors during their years of service.

The retirees underwent training to prepare them for life after retirement, ensuring they are psychologically equipped to navigate this new phase and attend to their personal and familial responsibilities.

During the ceremony held at the county headquarters in Eldoret town, Governor Dr. Jonathan Chelilim expressed gratitude to the retirees for their diligent service, emphasizing the importance of celebrating their substantial contributions to the county’s development.

Governor Chelilim highlighted the remarkable commitment of the longest-serving retirees, acknowledging individuals such as Roida Afandi Asambu and Amina Galgalo, who dedicated 43 years of service to their respective roles.

He emphasized the significance of retirees’ transition into society and encouraged them to explore new opportunities and contribute to societal development, whether through agricultural activities, spending time with family, or pursuing personal interests.

As ambassadors of Uasin Gishu County, Governor Chelilim urged the retirees to play an active role in advancing the county’s development agenda, underscoring his administration’s commitment to supporting employees during and after their service through timely retirement benefits.

Benson Ambuni, the National Chairman and CEO of the Retirees Benefits and Claims Welfare Association of Kenya (REBECLWA-K), emphasized the importance of timely remittance of pension contributions by employers and efficient processing of retirement benefits by pension schemes.

Ambuni raised concerns over delayed retirement benefits, noting the challenges faced by retirees, including financial strain and even death before receiving their entitled benefits. He encouraged retirees to register with the association for assistance in processing their benefits.

The REBECLWA-K CEO proposed collaboration between the association, government entities, pension departments, and stakeholders to establish a framework aimed at facilitating the prompt disbursement of retirement benefits.

The event was attended by County Secretary Edwin Bett, County Executive Members, and Deputy County Assembly Speaker Sarah Malel, among others, underscoring the collective commitment to supporting retirees and ensuring their smooth transition into retirement life.

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