Laikipia County government has laid off 176 workers in an effort to reduce its wage bill that stands at 58 per cent against the 35 percent recommended by the Public Finance Management Act 2012.
In a press statement on Wednesday, acting County Secretary Karanja Njora said they are in the risk of being jailed for failing to comply with the Public Finance Management Act 2012 which stipulates a wage bill ceiling of 35 per cent.
She said the County Public Service Board (CPSB) had issued a general redundancy notice to all staff, labour office and labour unions on January 8, 2020.
CPSB conducted a staff audit exercise in Nanyuki, Rumuruti, Nyahururu and Doldol towns between June 24 and August 17 last year.
“The audit revealed that some employees are not gainfully engaged, meaning that they earn a salary but there is no way of justifying what they do,” Mr Njora said.
CPSB chairperson Mumbi Mwago said that during the audit, three medical doctors were out of the country for training and could not be enjoined in the list of ghost workers.
“Failure for some members of staff to appear for audit simply meant that they are ghost workers and do not deserve to be on payroll,” she said.
During the audit, staff were required to present themselves physically to the board carrying their academic papers.
The report revealed that 254 workers did not have any academic papers. Out of this number, the Water department had 150 workers followed by Health and Administration departments which had 49 and 31 workers without academic certificates.
The departments of Infrastructure, Trade and Agriculture had two, three and five workers aged between 20 and 24 years.
The county has 1,167 casual workers and 1,593 staff hired on permanent and pensionable terms. Mr Muriithi said the Executive and County Assembly were keen on tracking down ghost workers.