About 3,000 employees are bracing for hard times as they will go for two months without salary.
Through an internal memo, the county announced that there would be salary delay for the months of May and June.
“This serves to inform you that there will be a salary delay due to unforeseen circumstances and system issues which are beyond our control,” reads the notice signed by Finance Executive Murungi Ndai.
Ndai said the inconvenience was regretted and urged the employees to be patient as the executive resolved the technical issues which he said originated from the Controller of Budget.
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“The county treasury is making all the necessary efforts to ensure by Mid-June and Mid-July the salary will be remitted,” said Ndai.
At the same time, the executive added that the county government will be carrying out a staff audit to streamline the workforce as well as smoke out ghost workers in an endeavor to reduce the wage bill.
During the exercise that will be conducted in Nanyuki, Rumuruti and Nyahururu on different dates, employees are required to produce documents including three most recent pay slips, appointment letters, academics certificates and other relevant documents, letters of promotion, current deployment letters among others.
“We want to find out if staff members are remunerated rightly and if their salaries match their contributions to the county cake. There are employees earning more than they should and others earning less than their job groups demand.” said the executive adding that some employees have been enjoying allowances illegally.
He cited a case where a driver attached to the infrastructure department earns more than an engineer in the same department.
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There is also an issue of duplication of roles that the executive is pursuing.