The government will not redeploy late retired President Daniel Moi’s servants immediately, but will instead “give them time to mourn”.
This was announced by government spokesman Cyrus Oguna, who said that the employees must be given enough time to heal, since they were like a family to Moi.
“The government will not immediately re-deploy the employees, they must be given time to mourn the departed president, before they are reassigned new roles. They were very close to the late president and must be given time to heal,” Mr Oguna said.
The National Treasury is set to stop funding the office of former president Moi, a move that could render the over 40 employees jobless in case they are not redeployed.
Moi was entitled to four secretaries, two personal assistants, four messengers, four drivers, housekeepers, home cleaners and bodyguards.
Oguna, speaking to Nation, said that the public servants who include security officers, will be re-assigned new duties through a circular at an ‘appropriate time.’
It is said that the former president had at least 30 police officers some guarding his homes and others serving as his bodyguards.
Running Moi’s office and that of former President Mwai Kibaki will cost the public Sh243 million in the year to June, with compensation to their own staff, excluding staff seconded from the government, taking Sh126 million.