The Star (Nairobi)

24 July 2014

Kenya: Narok Losing Sh300 Million to Ghost Workers - Report

THE Narok government has been losing close to Sh300 million annually to ghost workers, a report shows.

The county government contracted an audit firm to conduct a head count, registration and verification of all employees between March and April.

The Deloitte & Touche report shows the county government loses more than Sh24 million monthly to 166 non existent employees.

Eighty five are the devolved staff who never reported to their places of work.

Receiving the report on Tuesday, Governor Samuel Tunai said out of 2,363 employees who were counted, only 2,083 had documents that match with the human resource records and payroll information.

He said out of 190 employees who did not present themselves for the headcount, eight were on leave.

Tunai said findings reveal three employees were duplicated on the human resource register. He said 83 individuals could neither be found on the HR register or on the payroll.

Tunai said 13 employees who should have retired are still employed.

There are 903 devolved staff in the county.

Tunai said 11 employees are not in the human resource staff register but are on the payroll

The report shows 42 individuals appeared in the human resource staff register but could not be traced in the payroll.

Forty employees were hired without appointment letters.

The report shows there are 13 individuals without identification documents in the human resource records.

Tunai said the county government is carrying out investigations to avoid further loss of money.

The governor said to manage the county wage bill, the ghost workers will be sacked.

He said legal action will be taken against the culprits.

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