The University’s Catering Department has bid farewell to four (4) staff members who have retired from the University service after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 60.
Ms. Jane Wangari Kamau, Mr. Erastus Chamwada and Ms. Margaret Wangari Kahuthu and Lucy Wamuyu, who are proceeding on retirement effective end of June, after rendering dedicated service to the University ranging between 27 and 34 years, were honoured during a colourful farewell ceremony in their honour, Thursday, June, 29, 2017.
During the ceremony, Catering Department staff both their seniors and peers were all unanimous in their description of the outgoing staff‘s working style and work ethic which they described as “Dedicated and committed.”
The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Administration, Prof. Victoria Ngumi who was represented by Mrs. Beatrice Wahiti from the Human Resource Department, thanked the retiring staff for rendering distinguished service to the university, and urged them to look forward to their new life beyond the university service with optimism saying, “Retirement is a transition, a beginning of new life” and wished them a rewarding retirement.
The University Chaplain, Father Lawrence Njoroge who spoke from the Gospel of St. Luke 12: 13-21, told the retiring staff that they had invested in family. As you go out, invest in yourself, in friends and in God… You must learn to spread the risk so that when one thing fails, you can fall back to another one, Father Njoroge, advised.
The Catering Manager, Ms. Olive Njenga paid glowing tribute to her outgoing staff, describing their services as “outstanding”. Mr. Chamwada, who has worked for 34 years, “was hands on and a highly motivated worker. He was appointed supervisor of Cleanliness due to his commitment. He played a critical role as the Founding Chairman of the Catering Welfare Association, said Ms. Njenga.
“Margaret Kahuthu has been working in my office for many years, having started working in the University Farm before ending up in the Catering Department due to her good work.” Mrs. Kahuthu has worked for 27 years, and she leaves behind fond memories in the Catering Manager’s heart, who recounted how Ms. Kahuthu served her selflessly when she was sick.
Because of the dedication the retiring staff had demonstrated to the University, the Catering Manager prayed that God to bless their investment undertaking and give them employees who will be faithful and committed to their work the way they had been dedicated and committed to the University.
The University and especially the Catering Department will dearly miss the services of Ms. Jane Kamau who until her retirement was the Deputy Catering Manager, having worked for 27 years. Ms. Florence Akinyi described her as strict, firm but very understanding and knowledgeable.
“Jane had united the Kitchen and the Halls. We have worked together so well for 20 years,” said the University Halls Manager, Mrs. Mary Omulebe, and further challenged the remaining staff to work hard and leave a legacy they will be remembered for. The outgoing staff thanked their colleagues for the rare show of love and for organizing such a memorable farewell in their honour and urged all their colleagues to continue working hard in the service of JKUAT.