Over 200 health casual workers lose jobs as Waiguru's administration begins layoff

Anne Waiguru's administration has also suspended recruitment of new staff. (Courtesy)
Kirinyaga County government has sacked more than 200 health casual workers over ballooning wage bill.

County Secretary Joe Muriuki in a letter indicated that the county took the decision after its wage bill rose to unsustainable levels.

Muriuki said the layoff is a rationalisation measure by Anne Waiguru's administration to forestall a crisis.

“We have been struggling with huge wage bill and a decision had to be taken.”

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The county has also suspended the recruitment of new casual workers and called on the National Treasury to come in.

Some of the affected medical facilities include Kerugoya, Mwea, Kianyaga, Kimbimbi, Kiriagana, Karaba and Sagana.

The affected workers have however said they will not vacate duty until the county pays them their wages.

Muriuki said the county government will make sure those who were sacked are paid up their dues.

Most governors have blamed bloated staff for the increasing wage bill at the counties.

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The devolved units inherited bloated staff from the national government with the Transitional Authority also failing to address the issue.

The challenge has compelled most governors to sack casual workers to curb expenditure.

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