The Star (Nairobi)

4 September 2014

Kenya: Biometric Registration Gimmick to Sack Employees Through "Back Door" - Atwoli

COTU has opposed the ongoing biometric registration of national and county government workers. Secretary general Francis Atwoli said the exercise aims at sacking employees through the "back door."

He said the exercise is a disguise to layoff public workers especially in county governments. In a statement yesterday, Atwoli said the government has already computerised employees' details in all departments.

The information required is already available, he said. Atwoli said it has been the duty of personnel officers to inform the government on retirements or deaths to remove their names from the payroll.

"For someone to demand staff's first appointment letter is tantamount to intimidation and harassment," he said. Most Kenyans lost original documents during the 2007-08 post-election violence and rely on documents held in banks or work places, Atwoli said.

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