Governor Mutua admits Ghost workers present in Machakos County

Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua at a past Event. (Credit - Facebook images)

Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua has admitted to the presence of Ghost workers in Machakos County. Mutua was speaking Friday while on an impromptu tour of Machakos Level 5 Hospital. “we need to find out, because i feel there are so many ghost workers.”

Mutua also said that those working for the County without employment letters will be stopped from work. This comes as Machakos County continues to struggle with a huge wage bill especially in the health department.

In June 2018, Masaku Professionals Association (MPA) wrote to the County public service board over the huge wage bill in the health department. In 2017/2018 Financial year, the budget for wage bill was 2.7 billion and the current Financial Year 2.9 billion.

According to the Letter the professionals say the wage bill was not sustainable and that it didn’t match the service delivery in the health facilities across the county.

According to the Controller of Budget, Machakos County had the highest ratio of personnel emoluments to total expenditure for in financial year 2017/18 at 65.3% followed by Taita Taveta at 64.4 per cent and Meru at 63.9 per cent. The maximum allowed limit of personnel emoluments is 35 per cent of total county expenditure. Kilifi, Marsabit, and Mandera were the most efficient counties by this indicator in 2017/18, reporting 33.8 per cent, 28.7 per cent and 24.9 per cent respectively.
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