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Mombasa County to work on ghost workers report

05 February 2014, 18:57 Harrison mbungu

Mombasa - Mombasa County government is set to work on the ghost workers report released by Ernst and Young company this month.

The workers audit report, which exposed over 200 unqualified workers, will be implemented after thorough deliberations with stakeholders.

Sources from the office of the Governor told the press that the report, which was funded by Muhuri, will be implemented once the Governor goes through it.

“I can’t comment on this since the governor is out of the country, but hopefully it will be acted upon once he goes through it,” said Esther Ingolo County Communication Director.

Last week, Mombasa deputy governor, Hazel Katana had said the County was going to consult all partners for clarification before taking any disciplinary action against the workers.

She had said the County executive committee was going to sit down and find an amicable solution over the report.

She said that engagements with some of the staffs about their retirement benefits are already ongoing.

“We did agree to see this audit done. I want to say that the commitment is there and everything will be acted upon. What we need is to understand each other, ” Said Katana last week after receiving the report.

The workers could be among the group that did not turn up for the vetting exercise as well as those that had no certified employment letters.

In the report, 212 workers did not turn up for vetting exercise, while 7 others were above the retirement age of 60 years. It was also discovered that names of some dead workers were still in the payroll.

The number of employees according to the payroll for January 2013n that was given by the County government stood at 2 520,  while the full list provided in June captured 2 763 workers.

This is besides only 60 employees indicated as having been employed from February to May 2013 and 16 who left during the same time.

The report also captured at least eight employees with non-active employment status whose contracts had been terminated.

The report also shows that at least 40 employees inherited from the defunct Mombasa Municipal Council by the County government have been evading taxes.

This is besides the 212 ghost workers unearthed who have been earning a salary illegally and at the same time evading taxes.

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