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MP on the spot for paying son as a ghost employee

25 January 2016, 12:07

Nairobi - Baringo Central MP, Sammy Mwaita is on the spot after it emerged that his son is the highest paid employee even though he does not work for the Constituency.

Mwaita is said to have been paying Kenneth Komen KES 98 004 as a ghost worker.

Komen, who according to Standard is listed as the Communication Manager for the Constituency offices in Nairobi, earns more than his boss who takes home a meager KES 10 000 net salary monthly.

When conducted by Standard, Michael Kones who manages the CDF kitty from Kabarnet said he could not verify the information as it was beyond his mandate.

Residents of Baringo have condemned the incident and accused their MP of massive corruption in the constituency, with some calling for stiff measures against him.

Read Also: Uhuru orders probe into 12,000 ghost workers scam

Through the Baringo County News Facebook Page, Rutto Poghon said: "Corruption is the order of the day in Baringo constituencies, welcome to BE."

Another resident, Sheila Segenge claimed that corruption is in the family, exposing nepotism by the MP's wife.

She posted: "Even Mrs Mwaita is another perpetrator of corruption. She pushes for the employment of teachers related to her. You find a trained teacher who graduated in 2013 being employed by TSC while those of 2008 are still submitting their good papers to the TSC offices. What a corrupt family!"

Joseph Kibillioch said: "That's corruption of the highest order, in fact investigation should commence immediately."

This comes even after the government had put up measures to remove ghost workers from public payroll.

In 2014, BBC reported the launch of biometric registration of workers after the government discovered that over $1 million was being paid to ghost workers monthly.

About 12 500 workers did not show up for registration, reports indicated, with the government threatening to strike their names off payroll in a bid to reduce the wage bill.

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