Panic has grabbed Nyamira following revelations that several County Government employees who were irregularly employed will be axed.
Deputy Governor Amos Nyaribo raised concern over what he termed as irregular employment effected by a senior county officials.
In a confidential letter dated 1st March, Nyaribo asked the Department of Public Service Management (PSM) to suspend the said employees from work and County payroll until investigations into how and who employed them is concluded.
“While investigations are going on, H.E Governor (John Nyagarama) and I have decided to put a stop into this and hereby direct that, all those who were deployed and reported to work between January, 2018 to date be suspended and stop reporting to work until investigations are complete and those involved are made to account. This includes those already in the payroll whose salaries will be stopped immediately,” the DG’s letter said.
Nyaribo noted that the ‘illegal’ employment took place between January 2018 and January 2019.
He said the move was aimed at sabotaging the devolved unit’s development agenda and operations by ballooning wage bill.
“This is a mystery and sabotage of government development agenda and operations, since the employment was not budgeted for or requisitioned by any department and has since affected the County’s wage bill against the provision stipulated in the public finance management (PFM) act 2012,” added Nyaribo.
The employment had allegedly been conducted secretly and letters back dated to 2016.
This means the said employees have been receiving their salaries from 2016 despite reporting to work in 2018.
The auditor general recently raised alarm over the county’s books of accounts.
Two senior employees are at the centre of this controversy and are accused of conducting the illegal employments behind the executive.
In April last year, Nyaribo ‘sacked’ County Secretary Eric Aori on related issues while Nyagarama was on treatment at a US hospital.
This brought bad blood between the Governor’s loyalists and those of the DG.
The relationships got worse when the embattled Onchana was reinstated by Nyagarama immediately he returned from the four-month medical leave, a move that didn’t go well with DG.
A truce has since been reached as the two top two ‘devolved’ the famous ‘handshake’ and pledged to work hand in hand.
The cadres most affected in the scandal are enforcement officers and support staff.