County to sack 960 workers to lower wage bill

Busia County Governor Sospeter Ojaamong. [File, Standard]
At least 960 employees will be sacked as the county government works to contain its ballooning wage bill.

Speaking after receiving a report titled 'Implementation Status' from Head of Public Service Management Janet Manyasi on Friday, Governor Sospeter Ojaamong  said a third of the workers would be sent home.

Dr Manyasi’s department conducted a staff headcount in June to weed out ghost workers and clean up the payroll.

The headcount was prompted by Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo, who had instructed the County Public Service Board to develop an optimal staffing structure.

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Ms Odhiambo also asked the county treasury to formulate strategies to streamline revenue collection because the county was not meeting its targets.

A separate staff audit conducted earlier by the county government in collaboration with the Ministry of Devolution and National Planning made several recommendations, including sacking workers.

According to the report, the county government currently has 2,880 workers.

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“We are going to implement the recommendations captured in the report to the letter, which has directed that we do away with some staff to control the wage bill,” said Mr Ojaamong, adding that absenteeism was to blame for poor service delivery. 

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Controller of BudgetGovernor Sospeter OjaamongBusia County