For Jane Ongong’a the 4th March 2019, served as an opportunity to finalize her clearance and settle outstanding matters in the Office of the Deputy Commission Secretary, Accreditation, as she prepared herself for retirement, having served as a Senior Secretary at the Commission for over 29 years.
Unknown to her, members from her Division had other plans. They called her for what was a “last” day treat in appreciation and to bid her farewell after exemplary service. The memorable event had been prepared by her colleagues, who invited staff from other divisions to witness this grand finale.
Retiring staff Jane Ongong’a (right) shares a cake with colleagues at the Commission Offices
Staff within and outside the Division who had had a long standing working relationship spoke fondly of Jane as a seasoned officer on matters quality assurance and having seen and fully participated in various milestones that CHE/CUE had achieved.
She was depicted as an astute professional with precision in her work. “I have known her as having multiple of skills and able to handle the demands of her office”, noted Dr. Beatrice Odera-Kwach with her statement corroborated by the Aids Control Coordinator (ACU) Ms. Elizabeth Onyango where she served as Committee member.
“As ACU we truly appreciate the work in the Committee noting her retirement was just a signifier of change of service into other capacities outside formal engagement”, the ACU coordinator encouraged.
“We have walked together with Jane, shared good times and also upheavals together and surmounted to this far”, noted Christine Muritu her counterpart and personal friend.
Mr. Joseph Musyoki, Head of Institutional Accreditation, recalled the invaluable contribution she made during demanding tasks such as keying in lengthy accreditation reports for universities prepared to be awarded Charters. Musyoki said that she demonstrated her prowess in coordinating and preparing the voluminous documentation.
The Deputy Commission Secretary (DCS), Quality Audit and Standards, Prof. Anne Nangulu noted there was need for a mechanism to tap into the wealth of corporate memory that long-serving staff went away with.
Prof. Nangulu said “The Commission should explore a way of establishing an Alumni Association to act as a vital pool that the institution could draw from and constructively engage retired staff even after they exited from the service”.
The DCS Accreditation, Prof. Grace Njoroge expressed her appreciation for the commendable work that Jane had done while in the Division. Prof. Njoroge had encouraging words that such a phase of life should be perceived as time to look after oneself and re-dedicate time to family and loved ones. She said “Jane offered me a soft landing when I first joined the Commission.” Prof. Njoroge summed her remarks with a reassuring biblical quote “Isaiah 46:4 says Even to your old age I am He, and to grey hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.
Fellow staff Daniel Ogutu comforts Jane Ongong’a as she breaks down in tears mid-way her final remarks
On her part Jane was filled with nostalgia recapping the moments she had. “As I exit and bid you all bye, I say to you, I have purposed to miss you, and I shall dearly do… but remember the biblical words in 2nd Timothy 4:7- ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” , She sentimentally highlighted. The two hour event was moderated by Mr. Daniel Ogutu of Quality Audit department.