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Audit reveals massive Mombasa county staff irregularities

30 January 2014, 14:01 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Mombasa County government ghost workers audit report reveals that out of the 2,763 employees who went through the process, only one presented a valid employment letter, 465 others had forged their letters of employment while 55 were found to have surpassed the retirement age of 60 years.

The audit was conducted by an independent audit firm, Ernest and Young which was contracted by the County government of Mombasa after claims were raised suggesting that the County government was paying huge salaries to unknown workers amid efforts to flush out the ghost workers.

The report has revealed that majority of the employees in the former municipal council of Mombasa did not secure their jobs in a transparent manner and did not follow the laid down regulations on employment.

The report indicated that 25 youths were illegally employed since they had not attained the legal 18 years of age.

Ernest and Young also revealed that many employers received salary increments and promotions through corrupt and unknown ways yet they had no relevant qualification and skills.

The audit was financed by Muhuri in July for KES 2.5 million through the international audit company to help solve the stand-off between the striking workers and the County government.

Earlier, the audit faced delays after a burglary incident at an apartment in Nyali from where the auditors were working.

A laptop with the reports and a bag belonging to the project manager went missing a week after the launch of the exercise.

The audit firm has advised the County government to conduct a fresh vetting of all employees to find out how they secured their employment position and those who will be found to have been involved in unscrupulous dealings be sacked instantly. The report also recommends sacking of those who have reached the retirement age.

Mombasa County deputy governor, Hazel Katana who attended the release of the audit report said action will be taken against the relevant groups of workers.

“I urge the residents of Mombasa to remain calm now that the report findings have been released to us. We will forward it to the governor and his council to ensure all ghost workers are flashed out,” said Hazel.

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