IN SHORT: A message that has been online in Kenya since 2021 is once again doing the rounds, urging those who worked for the education ministry between 1997 and 2007 to collect their pensions from the public service centres. It is false.
A message circulating on Facebook and WhatsApp in Kenya since September 2023 claims that long-suffering former employees of the ministry of education are being paid.
“Hi members, do you know of anyone who worked in the ministry of Education as a teacher or any other position and retired between the year 1997 and 2007?” reads one post on Facebook.
“If yes, advice him/her or his/her family (if deceased) to visit Huduma Centre - Pensions department for some claims that were paid. Tell a friend to tell a friend.”
Huduma Kenya is a government-led initiative aimed at improving public services across the country.
But is it true this time, leading to relief for the concerned workers?
‘Beware of Scammers!’
In September 2023, Huduma Kenya on its official X account warned the public to disregard the message, which it said was fake.
“Caution: Beware of Scammers! Please exercise caution before sharing personal information or responding to such messages,” the government agency wrote.
The wait continues for the retirees.
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