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Tension as Audit of payroll flags existence of 112 ghost workers in Elgeyo Marakwet County

An audit of staff at the Elgeyo Marakwet County has flagged the existence of 112 ghost workers on the payroll

The 112 employees appear on payroll but failed to turn up for the audit exercise that was conducted in March.

The report that was handed over to Governor Wisley Rotich also highlighted various gaps in the human resource management in the County Government.

Rotich had in March commissioned the staff audit to ascertain the status of staffing in the County.

The audit exercise was carried out by the Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM) who were contracted by the County.

“This report will give us an inside look into our staffing issues so that we can replan how to move forward’, said Rotich.

Only 2858 turned up for the audit while the payroll identified 2611 staff at the county.

It’s suspected that those who are on payroll but did not appear for audit had no qualifications or were ghost workers.

The IHRM team led by Mr Wycliffe Nyakina gave the County Government an unqualified audit opinion and called for implementation of its recommendations, which include taking remedial steps to seal all loopholes in staffing.

Governor Rotich announced that an implementation Committee would be formed to look into all issues raised in the 769 page report.

Rotich also directed that salaries for the 112 staff who did not participate in the audit exercise be stopped pending investigations on their identities and roles in the County.

“We will use the report to streamline the County workforce to be more responsive to the needs of the public and guarantee value for money, paid in salaries”, said Rotich.

Rotich said he was determined to ensure the county had an efficient and effective workforce to help him deliver on his mandate.

He said since he took over majority of staff were doing good work but urged them to step up delivery of better services to the public.



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