The Star (Nairobi)

15 August 2014

Kenya: Stop Pay Delays, Say Civil Servants

THE Union of Kenya Civil Servants wants the national government to intervene in the delay of salaries to county workers.

Speaking to the press in Homa Bay town, Branch Executive Secretary Chora Midumbi said those affected include former servants of the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Water.

"We used to be paid between 30th and 2nd of the next month while in the national government," Midumbi said.

"But now we wait past 10th of the next month, yet salary is the main reason behind our contract with the government."

Midumbi also called on the county government to harmonise house allowances for their members with those of county employees.

"Civil servants feel discriminated against because of the disparity that exists between their house allowances and those of the other county government employees," he said.

Branch Chairman Hezborn Gor said this was demoralising the workers since even their juniors were better paid.

"There are some cases where even a driver earns more than the officer he drives," he said.

Homa Bay County Secretary Isaiah Ogwe acknowledged the wage gap but blamed the civil servants for failing to submit their details in time.

"We told them to bring their documents to enable us process their salaries but they took it for granted," he said.

He said they would act on the matter once the civil servants complied with the directive.

He added that Devolution Principal Secretary John Konchellah will launch the salary reconciliation.

"We want the national government to come out clearly and tell us the position of our salaries because what there is no reason to make civil servants suffer," Midumbi added.

The government needs to intervene quickly in this matter," Gor added.

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