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Homa Bay county completes audit of payroll

The county government of Homa Bay has completed the audit of its payroll in a bid to weed out ghost workers.

Consequently, the government has released the January pay for the workers who were verified and captured in a biometric system. The human resource audit was carried out by the Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Through an internal memo, the County Secretary Bernard Muok directed 2,192 staffers captured in the audit to collect their pay cheques for January salaries from the accounts department.

The county government has come up with a new system of paying some of its workers after doing the human resource audit.

The approved employees who will be paid through the new cheque method include those without personal numbers, those in manual payroll system and those who had not been included in the integrated payroll personnel database.

“You are required to present personal documents such as letters of reporting at the workstation, confirmation or promotion letters, certified education and professional certificates and salary account details,” The memo read.

Muok asked the employees to respond accordingly on grounds that those who fail will to present themselves will be treated as having stopped working. “Any cheque or payments which will not be collected within the specified days will be cancelled,” he added.

Homa Bay Governor Gladys Wanga had previously expressed concerns that up to 75 per cent of the county’s budget is spent on paying salaries and on recurrent expenditure leaving little for development.

She said that Homa Bay cannot progress unless the wage bill is tamed thus the need for the audit to weed out ghost workers.

By Davis Langat

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