Governor sends all senior employees home

Top officers sent home

Former president Mwai Kibaki, Nyamira governor John Nyagarama, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Kisii governor James Ongwae

Nyamira Governor John Nyagarama has sent all senior payroll officers on compulsory leave as the county begins an audit of its workforce.

This comes as the county government embarks on weeding out irregularly employed staff.

He also announced the termination of contracts for at least 500 Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) teachers by end of May 2019.

Fired teachers

He argued that Nyamira county has the largest number of these teachers and although the decision to fire them was painful it was inevitable.

Enforcement officers, senior and junior support staff were asked to present themselves to a special team selected by Nyagarama at sub-county offices for affirmation and validation of their employment records.

Nyagarama had earlier directed a staff audit which was meant to align the skills of employees with their jobs and weed out those who did not meet the cut as ordinances provide.

Huge wage bill

According to the governor, the audit would help in re-assessing the skills of each employee and also ascertain whether the local government has a bloated workforce.

The county has been wrestling with an immense wage bill which has eaten into development.

Last month, Deputy Governor Amos Nyaribo had written to the Public Service Board claiming that some employees were hired without due process being followed and called for the nullification of more than 400 positions.

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