Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology’s (JKUAT) department of catering has bid farewell to three retirees after they attained the mandatory age of 60. The three have retired having served the University diligently and selflessly according to glowing tributes from former colleagues.
Beatrice Muchangi, Jane Kiumi, Nancy Wanjiku proceed for retirement by the end of August after putting in 31, 40 and 40 years of service in the University, respectively. They were honored during a retirement party convened by the catering department as a way of appreciating their dedicated service to the University fraternity, Friday, August 20, 2021.
During the event, colleagues paid glowing tributes to the three retires saying their charisma and experience would certainly be missed. They acknowledged that the retirees had left immeasurable change that had impacted the other colleagues positively.
The JKUAT’s Chaplain Rev. John Karihe, said retirement was such a personal and emotive issue as many were not comfortable talking about it until one gets to retire. The fear he said was because of unpreparedness.
“When we think about retirement, we do it differently. This should not be the case as it is something one should be thankful for as not many reach this age”, Rev. Karihe stated.
The Chaplain further expounded on the importance of acceptance of one’s situation especially retirees saying this would ensure they got comfortable in their new challenge as denial only brought forth depression.
Rev. Karihe called on retirees to form support groups as a way of keeping tabs on each other as it was the stage where one could easily feel lonely. As the adage goes, “an idle mind is the devil’s workshop,” I encourage you to look at retirement as a change of service and try out new things like farming as a way of keeping you busy,” he advised.
The Head of Catering Department, Ms. Olive Njenga paid a glowing tribute to the outgoing staff, praising them as hardworking and people that were always ready to help others”. Mrs. Beatrice Muchangi who joined the University in 1991 was an “excellent planner and professional in her work. She was a critical thinker, firm and very understanding”.
Mrs. Nancy Wanjiku Ngugi joined the University in 1981 and besides being a hardworking person, she was dependable, and run the staff cafeteria in the last four years with relatively ease. She was a team player.
Ms. Njenga lauded Mrs. Jane Wanjiru Kiumi for the role she played when she fell sick and was hospitalized. She recounted how she once worked selflessly when she fell sick, something that really touched her heart.
The catering fraternity unanimously agreed that the three had left an indelible mark in the University especially the catering department. They prayed for good tidings in their new quest saying their presence would be greatly missed.
The outgoing staff on their part thanked their colleagues for organizing an honorable farewell party as well as creating an enabling environment for them to work. They urged them to continue the good work and be good examples to others.