The increased wage bill was blamed on having too many employees, among them staff inherited from the defunct Municipal Council and the national government at the advent of devolution.

The workers moved to court on August 31, seeking to challenge the governor’s decision.

Through their lawyer Mr Gordon Ogolla, they accused the new county boss of maliciously and irregularly ordering them to proceed on compulsory leave without subjecting them to any disciplinary action.

INVESTIGATIONS

The county government, however, said it had followed due process.

According to county secretary Benjamin Njoroge, the move was meant to prevent the employees from compromising investigations.

The court faulted the submissions, saying the county government had failed to cite the contractual basis relied on to send the petitioners on compulsory leave.

Justice Radido directed the employees to cooperate in the investigations being conducted by the county government.

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