16 April 2014

Kenya: Headcount to Rid Kitui of 'Ghost' Employees

Clean up: Kitui county Health executive Ruth Koki addresses journalists in Kitui town last month

THE Kitui government is conducting a staff headcount to clean up the payroll. There have been allegations that there are ghost workers in the health department.

Administration executive Safari Kilonzo said an initial departmental headcount established that the department's payroll has 68 ghost workers.

He said a verification head count conflicted the initial results as it showed 10 ghost workers. Kilonzo said the discrepancy shows something fishy and that is why they started another headcount yesterday. He said the exercise will be spread to all departments. Most of the chief officers joined enumerators for the headcount in all subcounties.

"Teams have been sent to all public health institutions to carry out a physical headcount of all workers," said Health executive Ruth Koki. She said records show that there are 1018 workers in the health department. Koki said the exercise is meant to ensure all officers in the payroll are genuine.

She said the headcount will also confirm whether the workers report to their duty stations. Head of communications Munyasya Nzense said they want to eliminate all ghost workers.

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