Nyamira County Government has commenced a staff audit aimed at improving service delivery to the public.
The audit on staff will address irregular promotions and employments in the County.
The County Governor Amos Nyaribo says there will be no witch-hunt in the whole exercise as the affected employees will be given opportunity to defend themselves before any action is taken against them.
Recently, the County Government received a comprehensive report on the Human Resource Audit of the Public Service from the Ministry of Public Service Management which had recommendations that the Governor was acting upon.
Mr Nyaribo who was accompanied by his Deputy Dr James Gesami disclosed the start of the payroll cleansing when he met all workers in the devolved unit at the County Referral hospital on Wednesday.
“There will be no witch-hunt in the whole exercise as the move is aimed at reducing the wage bill which is at 50 percent instead of 35 percent as the recommended by Salary and Renumeration Commission,” he said.
He said the money that will be recovered out of the payroll cleansing will be used for development.
Mr Nyaribo said employees who were irregularly promoted will not be sacked but will instead be placed in job groups they deserved.
“The irregular promotions has demoralizes some hard working employees whose juniors are earning more than them,” the governor noted.
He said some employees got up to three promotions in a single year which is against the government’s policy.
The governor said those who got irregular promotions will be surcharged.
“We will recover the extra salary from the affected workers on a negotiated rates,” he said.
Those affected, the County Boss said will start receiving letters from May, 25, 2023.
Mr Nyaribo extended an olive branch to the affected workers to cooperate with the officers who will carryout the payroll cleansing, lest, they face Ethics and anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
However, he appreciated the County employees who despite the salary delays were committed in service delivery.
Further, he said he will introduce a Performance Management System whereby staff will be paid according to their input or output.
“Whether you voted for me or not, it doesn’t matter now. Let us work together for the betterment of our County,” Mr Nyaribo told the workers.
He promised to improve their working conditions trough establishment of social welfares like opening eateries (canteens) in their workplaces.
(By Governor’s Press Services)