Governor Sakaja Steps Up, Reinstates Laid-Off NMS Workers


In a move aimed at providing stability and security for Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) workers, Governor Johnson Sakaja has announced the recall of all former NMS enforcement officers. Speaking on February 8, 2023, the county boss made it clear that he would not tolerate any form of unfair dismissal as long as he is in charge.

Priority for Permanent Jobs

Governor Sakaja went on to state that all workers who had their contracts with NMS expire would report back to work immediately and receive their pending payments. In addition, they will have the first priority to apply for permanent and pensionable positions under the Nairobi County Government. The governor also emphasized that workers with ongoing contracts will be encouraged to apply for permanent positions under the Nairobi City County Government, including health workers and drivers.

Absorbing NMS Staff for Better Service

The governor’s recall of NMS workers is in line with his promise to absorb NMS staff during the handing over of functions back to the county on September 30, 2022. He expressed his gratitude for the NMS staff’s hard work and emphasized that there is still a need for their services in serving the people of Nairobi.

Preventing Job Loss

The move to recall NMS workers comes after a letter from the County Government’s Chief Officer for Security and Compliance Tony Kimani announced plans to lay off 700 enforcement officers hired by NMS in 2021. The letter, dated February 1, 2022, was copied to Governor Sakaja, the Head of Public Service Felix Koskei, and the County Secretary. Governor Sakaja’s recall of NMS workers is a step towards preventing job loss and ensuring the well-being of Nairobi residents.

Upholding Dignity in the Workplace

Governor Sakaja stressed that he will not tolerate any form of mistreatment in the workplace, ensuring that all workers are treated with dignity and respect. This move shows his commitment to providing stability and security for Nairobi residents, as well as his dedication to creating a positive work environment for all Nairobi employees.

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