Several county public service boards are under scrutiny for creating non-existent positions, with some officials employing their spouses.
They said political appointees end up swaying the recruitment processes, adversely affecting the ability of new employees to dispense services.
In the past, many devolved units have been accused of conducting recruitment drives that ignore the individual county’s ability to pay salaries.
The meeting convened to collect views from public sector HR practitioners, heard that the State agency should be empowered legally to oversee recruitment matters at national and county levels.
At the same time, IHRM executive director Dorcas Wainaina urged public sector HR managers to restore confidentiality to government documents, citing leaks witnessed in the past.
“While we appreciate Article 35 of the Constitution on the Right to Information, there is a need to have proper policies on access to government information. All board members of State corporations, civil servants and other public servants should make a fresh commitment to the Official Secrets Act,” she said.
Ms Wainaina’s stance will resonate well with government technocrats but has the potential to reverse gains made in the past years where government goings-on, especially on tenders, have been exposed, giving Kenyans first-hand information.
Cases in point include scandals at the Ministry of Health and the National Youth Service.
The meeting also called for elimination of non-existent jobs’ scams, where advertisements are placed for job applicants to pay interview fees, only to be swindled.