The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: 134 Ghost Doctors On the Elgeyo Marakwet Payroll

THE Elgeyo-Marakwet Deputy Governor Gabriel Lagat has said the county has more than 130 paramedical ghost workers. He said the ghost workers earn monthly salaries from the national governenment but do not render any services anywhere in the county.

"The paramedics receive their payments regurlarly without the full knowledge of the Ministry of Health yet nobody knows their whereabouts," Lagat said. He said an audit conducted by the county government revealed that some of the doctors had not even reported to their duty stations yet they receive monthly salaries for services not rendered.

" We have notified the ministry of health and it is upon them to establish the whereabouts of this ghost doctors and institute legal action against them," Lagat said. He said some of the ghost workers are retirees who left service some five years ago.

"We have ordered the immediate cancellation of salaries of all the ghost doctors and will soon be advertising for the vacant posts," Lagat said. He was speaking to the Star in his office in Iten town on Monday. Lagat said the national government has been losing millions of shillings to ghost workers in almost all sectors in the country.

"Most county governments in the North Rift region have established these irregularities in the health sectors and we are worried that this could also be the same in other ministries in the country." he said.

He said the county government has put inplace monitoring mechanisms to detect any ghost workers in its payroll. Several counties have reported that the national government have been paying million of shillings to ghost workers. The county government of Nandi last month reported that the government has been losing Sh18 million every month to ghost workers in the Health ministry.

A task force constituted by Governor Cleophas Lagat revealed that the county has 300 ghost workers who have been receiving salaries and allowances yet they have either died, retired or moved from the ministry.

In Uasin Gishu County a audit conducted by governor Jackson Mandago revealed that the county had 70 ghost doctors whom have been receiving salaries from the national government irregularly.

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