The Mombasa county ghost workers' audit report is expected to be out by Friday this week, the Muslim Human Rights (Muhuri) acting executive director Rahma Gulam has said.
The audit report carried out by the Earnest and Young was delayed by verification of identity and personal identification numbers Registrar of Persons offices and at the Kenya Revenue Authority.
Speaking to the Star yesterday, Gulam said the report delayed because all names and finger prints of all the vetted workers to be individually confirmed by KRA and Registrar of Persons staff.
She said cases of people having two identities made the use of finger print verification necessary. "The process was also done in stages. There are 2,541 workers to be vetted. We needed enough time for accurate report," she said.
However, the delay might have also been caused by the burglary and theft of equipment at an apartment in Nyali where the auditors the auditors worked.
A laptop containing the audit report, a camera and a bag belonging to the project manager were stolen during the incident a week after they launch the audit.
However, no one has ever been arrested in connection with the theft despite the police officers' promise to carry out an investigation on that matter.
Hussein Khalid, Muhuri's executive director at the time of the burglary, however said the incident had not affected the audit as they had a back-up system for the stolen laptop which had the report.
By the end of July, Muhuri had announced that the audit firm was putting the final touches on the report which was to be released by mid August. It is not yet clear if it will be out by Friday as Muhuri has said.
The audit was supposed to flush out over 1,000 ghost workers in the Mombasa county government who had been inherited from the defunct municipal council.
According to the previous preliminary report, close to 700 county workers were sharing a birthday, December 1, while 255 workers were employed before attaining 18 years old.
Muhuri sponsored the Sh2.5 million audit after it emerged that the county government inherited a bloated workforce from the defunct Mombasa Municipal Council.