Alarm as County wage bills continue to soar
SEE ALSO :Workers to miss pay for 2 monthsAt the coast, five counties failed to address their ballooning wage bill. Committee allowances In Mombasa County, the wage bill increased by about Sh183 million, even after Ms Odhiambo placed its County Assembly on the spot for paying MCAs Sh90,000 as committee allowances, which is more than the Sh80,000 recommended by the Salaries and Remuneration Committee (SRC). Kwale, Taita Veta and Kilifi counties increased their wage bill by Sh108 million, Sh56 million and Sh70.3 million respectively. In Rift Valley, Nakuru County topped the list of counties grappling with a high wage bill. The county used Sh1.48 billion to offset salaries. It ranked third nationally.
SEE ALSO :Auditor General wants Ifmis splitBaringo County was listed in the report as among the top three counties that spent more than 90 per cent of their expenditure on salaries. The county spent Sh527 million to offset the wage bill, an increase of Sh57 million compared to a similar period in the previous financial year. Garissa County recorded a 90.4 per cent increase in its wage bill. In Nyanza, only Kisii County reduced its wage bill by about 20 per cent. The county spent Sh898 million on salaries as compared to the Sh1.1 billion spent in a similar period in the 2017/2018 financial year. Staffing structure
SEE ALSO :Confusion hits bursary issuanceKisumu and Migori Counties, which intensified the war to streamline their payrolls, however, failed to reduce the skyrocketing wage bill. The CoB said Migori County increased its wage bill by 37 per cent, spending Sh634 million on it. “The County Public Service Board should establish and adopt an optimal staffing structure in order to ensure a sustainable wage bill,” said Ms Odhiambo, in reference to Migori. In Kisumu County, the CoB said the wage bill increased by about 166 per cent. The county spent Sh1.1 billion on salaries. According to Odhiambo, the high spending on salaries had put development activities on hold.
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