1,500 Man­dera staff ‘don’t re­port to work’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Some 1,500 Man­dera county work­ers have not re­ported for duty for three months yet they are still on the pay­roll, the EACC has said. Head of cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions Kairichi Marimba yes­ter­day asked the county gov­ern­ment to stop pay­ing the work­ers. He spoke at the close of a two-day work­shop in Man­dera town for county ex­ec­u­tives and depart­ment di­rec­tors or­gan­ised by the EACC. Marimba asked the county to in­tro­duce a bio­met­ric sys­tem to curb ab­sen­teeism. He said if ab­sen­teeism con­tin­ues un­abated, it will de­rail Vi­sion 2030 projects in the re­gion and the coun­try at large. In Garissa, Wa­jir and Man­dera coun­ties, some of the lead­ing causes of cor­rup­tion are clan pol­i­tics, poor lead­er­ship, per­sonal greed and nepo­tism, the EACC said. Cor­rup­tion, nepo­tism and favouritism have been cited as some of the ma­jor chal­lenges to devolution. Con­tracts are awarded based on clan af­fil­i­a­tions, the com­mis­sion said.

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