SRC Chairperson Lyn Mengich Advocates for Maintaining Retirement Age at 60

In advocating for maintaining the retirement age at 60 years, SRC Chairperson Lyn Mengich highlights several crucial points. Firstly, she emphasizes the potential financial burden of lowering the retirement age, as it would increase the number of pensionable individuals, thus raising pension liabilities for the nation.

Moreover, Mengich underscores the value of retaining experienced workers within the Kenyan workforce. Lowering the retirement age could lead to premature dismissal of employees who still possess valuable expertise and contribute significantly to the country’s productivity.

She also suggests considering global trends and benchmarks, noting that while some countries have no specified retirement age, it’s essential to assess what best suits Kenya’s circumstances and needs. Arbitrarily setting a retirement age, such as 55, may overlook the continued productivity and contributions of individuals who are still capable of actively participating in the workforce.

In response to a recent petition challenging the legality of the retirement age requirement, Mengich’s stance aligns with the current regulations, which dictate retirement at 60 for most individuals and at 65 for those with disabilities. She emphasizes the importance of evaluating individuals based on their performance and health rather than solely on age when determining their suitability for continued employment.

Overall, Mengich’s position underscores the need for a nuanced approach to retirement policies that considers both financial implications and the value of experienced workers in sustaining and enhancing the productivity of the Kenyan workforce.

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Ken Maasai

Ken Wakuraya is a seasoned Journalist with official accreditation from the Media Council of Kenya, possessing extensive expertise in covering political, Entertainment, and Human interest stories.

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