Laikipia County To Fire 176 Employees To Downsize Wage Bill

Laikipia governor Ndiritu Muriithi. [PHOTO/ COURTESY]

Laikipia County is set to sent packing at least 176 staff members in a bid to downsize the ballooning wage bill.

The county’s wage bill stood at 58 percent against the 35 percent recommended by the Public Finance Management Act 2012.

Among those targeted include messengers, clerks, typists and switch-board operators whose jobs have been rendered redundant by emerging technologies. The have already received a general redundancy notice dated January 8, 2020.

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According to an audit report of August 2019, majority of employees could not outline their job descriptions despite being on the payroll. Also, at least 200 staffers lacked academic credentials.

The employees have been receiving a total of Ksh190.8 million in salaries on a monthly basis.

The Governor Ndiritu Muriithi welcomed the audit report saying it would help the county weed out ghost workers.

“Now that we have this audit report out, we will be able to know who is working and who is not. We will remove both ghost and idle workers,” governor Muriithi told his cabinet during a January meeting.

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