(VIDEO) Migori rolls physical headcount next week to weed out over 600 ghost workers, sangwenyas


By MN Reporter

Migori County Government plans to conduct staff headcount to help streamline payroll by nabbing ghost workers.

Migori executive in charge of Public Service Management Caleb Opondi in a letter seen by Migori News has called for the headcount.

The letter is copied to the County Secretary Oscar Olima, county public service board and all the departments, with a copy sent to governor Ochillo Ayacko.

Opondi said the exact date of the headcount will be communicated next week, this comes only days after all CECs and Chief Officers were sworn in office on Monday.

Currently Ayacko is in Kisumu for a bonding and orientation of the team, with weeding out the ghosts being his main agenda.

All staff, either permanent or casual are required to carry their appointment letters, academic credentials, most recent payslips, redeployment letters in original forms among other crucial documents.

The governor said his first agenda will be to weed out ghost workers, those without certificates and instructed the Caleb Opondi the County Executive in charge of Public Service to do so in two-months time.

“We have ghost workers and those working without certificates, now the cabinet is complete and we will remove them to enable the service board to effect service delivery,” Ayacko said.

He also said they will dismantle cartels in the government which are involved in the service delivery, especially staff who take part in procurement and supply especially in the ministry of health.

“We will set agenda in three months timeframe ion what to do because we will not abuse generosity of the assembly and voters,” he said.

On November 4, Ayacko received a report from the Institute of Human Resource Management which showed that Migori has been losing Sh60m annually to ghost workers and discrepancy in the payroll.

The audit on the payroll audit showed disparity Sh120m in a month and in another jumping to over Sh200m.

“This will be the first step towards service delivery and giving our mandate and pledges to the people which was to streamline and seal corruption loopholes,” Ayacko said then.

The report said after taking over Obado, who served for the past decade the number of casuals were 427, but the audit has revealed a total of 1,034 with 607 not accounted for.

Most of the casuals, commonly known as ‘Sangwenyas’ locally as there were active in local politics were packed in revenue collection area.