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Civil servants braced for Census beggining Monday

31 August 2014, 16:13 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Civil Servants are braced for a thorough census that kicks off Monday that will seek to establish the real numbers of workers at public level.

The process will kick off Monday and will be led by top government leaders including president Uhuru Kenyatta as the process of weaning the public service of excess baggage begins.

According to devolution secretary Ann Waiguru, the process will end at the close of October and will aim to rid the public service of ghost workers.

" This is a much needed process that will according to an earlier audit prove succesful. At the end of the exercise, persons who will not have been authenticated and their whereabouts not accounted for in terms of authorized leave or absence due to travel and other reasons will be deemed to be ghost workers and will be eliminated from the public service payroll, she said.

The process itself will be stringent.

Public servants working in ministries, departments and agencies at the national and county governments will be required to physically present themselves at the identification centres with original identity cards, completed biometric data form, original academic and professional certificates, together with a letter of first appointment.

Other documents required include a letter of appointment to the current post, pay slip and birth certificate. Additional data such as photographs and fingerprints will also be added to details already in the database.

" It will be thorough and by the end of the process, we will expect to have a clearer picture of the state of the public service, Waiguru added.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, speaking earlier in the year had said that the government loses close to KES 5 Billion from the presence of ghost workers.

Civil servants unions have said that they will cooperate with the process as long as their members are not victimized.

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