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Tuesday, 31 Jan 2017 14:57 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
Nakuru gubernatorial aspirant John Mututho has promised to carry out an extensive audit and evaluation of the county workforce as one way of dealing with the blotted workforce and the ballooning wage bill which has been blamed for the underdevelopment in the county. The former NACADA chairman and Naivasha Member of Parliament that he will draft a bill that if passed will allow for the evaluation of all county staff with the aim of establishing what kind of work they do and if they get paid for what they do.
Speaking at a media breakfast meeting in Nakuru Town, Mr Mututho said the evaluation would do away with a huge number of county staff who "get paid for doing nothing" or "get too much for doing too little". “I have drafted a policy on labour. I will not sack those people but if it goes through they will be evaluated to determine what services they were hired to do and how they were hired,” he said.
'‘We cannot have, say 300 drivers hired to drive the governor while the governor has only three vehicles because this means that someone is idle,” he said, adding that workers in some cadres such as drivers should be paid for the number of hours they work and the amount of work they do.
Nakuru County has been struggling with a blotted workforce and a ballooning wage bill with a huge percentage of the county revenue going towards recurrent expenditure something that Mututho says should be controlled.
“We should not have a blotted wage bill and we should not go beyond 15-16% and we should stop paying people based on their relationship with the governor,” Mr Mututho said.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County