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Headcount takes off as claims of illegal employees emerge

By -RENSON BULUMA | August 2nd 2013


BUSIA COUNTY: A staff count to rid Busia County of ‘ghost’ workers has begun after it emerged that staff expected to have retired are still on the payroll.

The verification exercise ordered by the Transition Authority is supposed to establish the number of employees of the defunct local authority and the newly recruited county staff.

“We have discovered there are people who are almost clocking 100 years and yet they are still in employment while in some instances people who are hardly 20 years old are holding senior administrative positions,” Kizito Wangalwa, the deputy governor said. “These are issues that the Government shall seek to equalise as the restructuring work continues.”

Wangalwa said the exercise would determine how many employees were inherited from the defunct local authority and would also be used to relocate staff to areas of their expertise. He denied the exercise would lead to sacking some of them.

“The verification exercise for civil servants and former local authority workers is not aimed at sacking staff,” Wangalwa explained.

However, he said, the exercise is aimed at ensuring that the available human resource, especially the 495 employees absorbed from the former council deliver services effectively.


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