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74 Vihiga Assembly staff miss biometric audit

17 October 2014, 22:57 Dareel Eric

Nairobi - The fate of 74 staff at the Vihiga County Assembly is not known as they will not be included in the ongoing biometric data capture exercise, for lack of personal numbers from the government.

Clerk of the assembly Josphat Musambayi said that the staff were ghost workers whom he did away with three months ago.

This comes even as speaker Daniel Chitwah threatened to disrupt the ongoing capacity assessment and rationalization of public service programme if the staffs will not be included.

Chitwah said that there should be no discrimination in counting staffs with or without personal numbers as both had been recruited by established entities in the County Government of Vihiga.  

“If there should be such an attempt to discriminate staffs recruited at the county assembly, then you can take my word to the bank, then no one will be allowed at least at the county assembly,” said Chitwah.

Speaking at the Mbale grounds during the launch of the exercise in the county, Chitwah noted that government agencies are not respecting other bodies set up in the counties to oversee smooth set up of structures.

But according to Musambayi, only 42 staffs at the assembly, who are on the payroll, will be presented for the biometric data capture.   

In supposed supremacy battles at the assembly between the clerk and the speaker, the two employed staffs exceeding the required numbers, even after the government had issued a circular freezing the employment at the assembly in November last year, and a reminder in January.

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Staffs that have been left out of the biometric data capture were employed in April this year and have been at the assembly without personal numbers.   

Chitwah had said that the county assembly public service board and the county public service board were not lesser government agencies, and that their decision to employ specified numbers of workers in the county government should be respected.

The speaker said that county assemblies had resolved not to participate in the ongoing biometric data capture exercise but after a meeting with the Transition Authority, they accepted after their grievances were solved.

“The county assemblies wanted to be given their own independent IPPD systems so as they could control their own payrolls,” he said.

Musambayi said that the 74 workers who will not be presented for the biometric data capture had only been contracted by the assembly as casual labourers, and were paid their wages before being laid off in July.

“Other counties with relatively huge numbers of members of the county assembly have fewer workers. How can Vihiga with 39 MCAs have 116 workers? Kakamega with 88 MCAs has 36 workers, Bungoma has 38 employees against 58 MCAs,” said Musambayi.

He said that the speaker having never worked in the national government does not know how the government operates and he also does not want to be given guidelines, thus his ignorant way of dealing with issues.

“The speaker’s remarks were ignorant and he was confusing the biometric data capture exercise with the headcount that happened sometimes back,” he said.   

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