The County Government of Kiambu has embarked on a staff audit in efforts to weed out ghost workers.

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In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu said the exercise commenced in the sub-county headquarters in Gatundu North, Thika and Gatundu South.

The outspoken county boss noted that the exercise was launched following reports that a section of retired county workers was still receiving their monthly salaries.

Waititu further stated that the payroll audit was aimed at improving service delivery in the county, by identifying gaps in services provided by his administration.

“Today my administration is undertaking routine staff headcount and verification exercises in Thika, Gatundu North and Gatundu South Sub County headquarters. There have been reports that some people on the payroll may be retirees but still receive salaries. The verification exercise will enable us to weed out ghost workers, identify gaps in service delivery and establish the exact number of employees we have. This exercise will help us effectively deliver services to the people of Kiambu,” posted Waititu.

Waititu’s government was recently put on the spot following a proposal to increase levies on services offered by the county.

Kiambu Finance CeC Mburu Kang’ethe revealed that the county government seeks to introduce new levies on small business owners in a move aimed at raising revenue collection in the county from the current Sh1.6 billion to Sh2.7 billion.

The move was however met with a lot of resistance, with business owners hitting out at Waititu for going against his pre-election promise of not taxing small businesses.