In Summary
  • Governor Okoth Obado said that of the 3,078 employees who turned up for the exercise, 31 employees had questionable credentials.

  • However, some county workers said the exercise was meant to intimidate employees perceived to be against the governor.

  • Kenya County Government Workers Union, Nyanza Chapter Chairperson Mr Charles Opiyo said that several employees had complained of harassment by the officials.

Migori County government has declared 267 employees who did not turn up for staff headcount as ‘ghost’ workers. 

Speaking after a month-long employees’ head count exercise on Wednesday, Governor Okoth Obado said that the workers who did not turn up for the headcount would be dealt with according to the law.

"During the headcount exercise, we had a total 3,345 employees in the payroll. Out of this, 3,078 workers turned up. We are yet to understand where 267 persons were during such a vital exercise and the county government can only term them as ghost workers who must be dealt with conclusively," said Mr Obado.

The governor further said that of the 3,078 employees who turned up for the exercise, 31 employees had questionable credentials.

QUESTIONABLE CREDENTIALS

"From the data analysed, 31 employees who showed up had questionable credentials/appointment letters while others were unknown to their supervisors," added Mr Obado.

He reiterated that the exercise was meant to streamline the payroll of the county government in a bid to rid it of ghost workers and save on funds.

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