Sh600m saved monthly af­ter fake work­ers cut from pay­roll

‘We want to make the city a place where you can walk in the streets and feel safe. A place you can see a city askari and run to­wards him, not away from him’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - JULIUS OTIENO @juliu­so­tieno04

City Hall is sav­ing more than Sh600 mil­lion ev­ery month af­ter re­mov­ing 2,000 ghost work­ers from the pay­roll and send­ing back an­other 800 to the na­tional gov­ern­ment.

This brings the county’s monthly wage bill to Sh1.6 bil­lion, down from Sh1.8 bil­lion.

Pub­lic Ser­vice ex­ec­u­tive Mercy Ka­mau yes­ter­day told the Star the ghost work­ers were re­vealed dur­ing three au­dits con­ducted since 2013.

“When we started the au­dit, we had al­most 15,000 work­ers but to­day, we are about 13,000,” she said.

Ka­mau said em­ploy­ees were scaled down to 11,000, but the county re­cruited an­other 2,000 work­ers.

“The county in­her­ited an un­mo­ti­vated and di­vided work­force, with no struc­tures for pro­mo­tion, re­mu­ner­a­tion and train­ing. Some staff had stuck in one job group for more than 10 years, while oth­ers lacked the nec­es­sary skills for the sec­tors they were de­ployed to work in,” she said.

“We had a mas­sive strike, which nearly paralysed ser­vice de­liv­ery.”

Ka­mau said the county launched a cul­ture change pro­gramme to phase out the ‘old kanjo men­tal­ity’.

There is now a well-struc­tured cor­po­rate cul­ture, which is ser­vice ori­ented, she said.

Ka­mau said the county will con­tinue to shrink its work­force by phas­ing out em­ploy­ees who have reached re­tire­ment age.

She also said ICT will help cut down the work­force. The county aims to have a work­force of 8,000 peo­ple.

About 60 per cent of the work­force is above 50 years. Al­most 500 work­ers re­tire ev­ery year.

“We want the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Nairo­bians and our work­ers to be pos­i­tive. No hate, no sus­pi­cion, no pain, no bru­tal­ity,” Ka­mau said.

“We want to make Nairobi a place where you can walk in the streets and feel safe. A place you can see a city askari and run to­wards him, not away from him.”

/JOSEPH NDUNDA

Pub­lic Ser­vice ex­ec­u­tive Mercy Ka­mau

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