Nyatike MP on course to retain top civil servants’ union post

Mr Tom Odege with his party leader Raila Odinga

By James Wafula The Weekly Vision Reporter

The Nyatike MP who also doubles up as the Secretary-General of the Union of Kenya Civil Servants Tom Mboya Odege is set to retain his position when members of the giant union that includes public servants hold a delegates’ conference in June 2021.

Odege, 51, told The Weekly Vision online that he has made major strides in championing for the welfare of civil servants which include better remuneration, risk, hardship and medical allowances among others.

He said more civil servants today are able to purchase cars through affordable loans check-off system and their own houses through a mortgage. The secretary-general expressed confidence in winning the elections slated to be held in the lakeside city of Kisumu, Kenya’s third-largest metropolis after Nairobi and Mombasa.

Odege played down fears of a reported plan to cut down on government work force as condition for Kshs 257b loan from IMF. Odege said job rationalization did not necessarily lead to job losses as streamlining by natural attrition happens every year as civil servants reach retirement age and retire once they reach 60 years.

Mr Odege said more civil servants today are able to purchase cars through affordable loans check-off system and their own houses through a mortgage. The secretary-general expressed confidence in winning the elections slated to be held in Kisumu

Odege whose constituency includes the controversial one-acre Migingo Island on Lake Victoria, also expects to “easily” retain his parliamentary seat he won in the 2017 polls saying his record on CDF projects funded and issuance of bursary to needy students in Nyatike, speaks for itself. He added that his rivals should stop early campaigns and focus on bread-and-butter issues while urging the government to contain the hippo menace in Muhuru bay, and improve work conditions in the gold mines.

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