Nandi conducts headcount to weed out ghost workers.

Nandi county government has embark on a head count of all its staff as part of efforts to eliminate ghost workers.

According to the County secretary Francis Sang, the one-week exercise targets to establish the workers’ qualifications and rid the payroll of all ghost workers.

“We want to ensure that our payroll is clean and put everyone on the right place as per their qualifications and professionalism,” Sang was quoted by the Star.

The employees are required to carry photocopies and originals of their national ID cards, academic and professional certificates, letters of first appointment, latest deployment, promotion and transfer as well as the latest payslips

All the 3,200 employees in six sub-counties must participate in the exercise.

The move comes after the expiry of contracts of some employees inherited by Governor Stephen Sang from the previous administration led by Cleophas Lagat.

Sang, however, said that the exercise had nothing to do with the expiry of contracts.

“It’s an administration issue as we want to improve service delivery to the residents of Nandi,” the secretary said.

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Workers devolved from the defunct local authorities have expressed fears of their fate as most of them earn huge salaries with lower qualifications.

However, the county secretary said no one was being targeted but the move was aimed at correcting and ensuring the right placement of workers to align the skills towards achieving governor Sang’s Big Four agenda.

“We want this to be under the rapid results initiative because our executives and chief officers have signed performance contracts and are now waiting for the results,” Sang said.

In 2017, A task force report formed by Governor Sang   revealed 300  ghost workers  who were irregularly earning  money from the  county administration.

According  to the county Administration,  the county lost about more than Sh200 million paying the ghost workers.

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