MCAs task Machakos County Public Service Board to deal with ghost workers

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Machakos County Assembly majority leader Mark Muendo tabling a report of the Appointments committee before the house Wednesday. The MCAs approved the nominees and tasked them to deal with the issue of ghost workers and bloated wage bill. (Photo credit - Courtesy)

Machakos County Assembly Wednesday approved nominees to the County Public Service board. The chairperson of the board will be George Luka Kioko. Cecilia Mbinya and Stellamarris Ndinda Muthoka will be coming in as board members.

Tabling the report of the Appointments committee Majority leader Mark Muendo revealed that the nominees performed very well with George Kioko getting 95.3 percent, Cecilia Mbinya scored 90.3 percent and Stellamaris Ndinda 95.6 percent.

“This is one of the reports where I have found the most experienced candidates. This house has been following the issue of the wage bill and audits of employees. In the department of health, we are taking 33 percent of the budget. On the ground, we still have a few staff. This indicates we have a lot of ghost workers within the payroll.” Cosmus Ngula Matungulu Easr MCA said.

He urged the County Public Service Board to ensure the optimization of the wage bill so that more money goes to development.

“The issue of County service public board is of very great importance as you are aware we have not had such a board for a while. We have many pending issues related to the board. Last week I raised the issue of extension officers and the County Public Service Board is the one that will resolve that. Going by the report, the nominees are properly qualified.” Kangundo Central MCA Moses Mitaa said.

“Since we were elected we found a very chaotic service board which was divided into 3 factions and whenever they came to this house they could not speak from the same edge. We have always been told about the bloated wage bill and not given the numbers. When we were campaigning we promised our people jobs. We want them to come here and tell us there are vacancies so that we can support our young professionals who have been jobless.” Kangundo west MCA Titus Ikusya said.

Ikusya noted that service delivery in the county had been affected as staff in the Water department such as plumbers and in other departments had not gotten their contracts renewed.

Ekalakala MCA Stephen Mwanthi, however, urged the appointing authority In the future to consider young people revealing that George Luka who is now 72 years will be 77 years when his term as the Chair County Public Service board comes to an end.

Speaking to the press after the session, Majority leader Mark Muendo noted there are a lot of people who are being paid for doing nothing.

“In Machakos, we have ghost workers, The chairman of the board has been working here so he knows it. The recommendations are that 30% should go to development and 70% recurrent expenditure. We have been doing more than 70 percent. They have a big task to find where that money goes.” Muendo said.

In November 2018, Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua admitted that there are ghost workers in the county and promised that everyone who did not have an appointment letter would be sacked.

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