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Transition Authority audits local govt staff

01 May 2013, 13:49 James Kabotia

The Transition Authority has started taking audit of former local government employees in Laikipia County.

Speaking to the media during the exercise on Tuesday, County interim Transition Authority coordinator Jennifer Nyaga said that the personnel audit was taken so as to deploy them appropriately to the new structure of governance.

Nyaga said that they were confirming the list submitted to the central government in November 2012 by town clerks in the country.

“This exercise is not conducted to sack anybody but to facilitate proper deployment,” the coordinator said.

She added that the exercise target employees from the former Laikipia County, Nanyuki and Nyahururu municipal and Rumuruti town councils.

“More than 400 officers will be audited and their qualifications and experiences will be considered during the deployment,” she continued.

A month ago, over 50 casual labourers in Laikipia County council protested a move by the council to employ permanently other people without giving them the first priority.

This came at a time when the head of the civil service Francis Kimemia had suspended employment and dismissal of civil servant until the new government is sworn in.

The casual labourers, who have been working in the departments of revenue collection, slaughter, cleaning among others, claimed that they ought to have been given the first priority during the employment.

In a letter addressed to the labour officer in Laikipia County, the casual workers who claim that some of them have worked for more than 15 years want the decision reviewed.

They alleged that the clerk to the council Joseph Mwangi employed some people on a permanent basis on March 4.

They also alleged that the officer had employed ghost workers and backdated their salary to the months of January and February.

They presented a list of those alleged to be ghost workers and their pay slips.

They complained that late last year, the finance committee of the county council resolved to absorb and employ them permanently, but the clerk hid the minutes for his own selfish interests and later employed his relatives and friends.

Efforts to get clarification from Mwangi did not bear fruits as he said he was attending meetings.

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