Nakuru Senator worried with the growing county wage bills
28 August 2014, 23:03
Nakuru - The county Senator James Mungai has said that he is worried with the current high wage bill the county has.
Mungai said that the county has a staggering of KES 4.2 billion as a wage bill which he said the county government claims they use in paying the workers.
“I am very worried to see our wage bills are too high yet the county government claims they spend the money in paying county workers, I wonder if we are having “ghost” workers,” he said.
Speaking on Wednesday to the media in the county, the senator said that it is ironical to have a swollen county wage bill that is being used to pay county workers but no work is being done for the “Wanjikus” of Nakuru County.
He said that he has severally written to Governor Kinuthia Mbugua seeking to know why the county has a high wage bill but he has never responded in any of his letters.
“Personally I have written so many times to the governor wanting to know why is the county having this shocking high wage bills but he has never responded in any of them,” he said.
Mbugua said that the move to question about the wage bill should not be viewed as over stepping his mandate as the senator.
He said that he is entitled by the constitution to provide oversight role to the county government and that residents have a right to know how their money is being spent.
At the same time Mbugua also defended the County Development Board saying they will streamline expenditure of money in counties.
He said that the senators are not interested with the county money adding that they are not even part of signatories to bank accounts of the county.
“We as senators we don’t want to interfere with the work of the governors but all we want to see is that public money is being spent in a right way,” he said.
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