Governor John Nyagarama has sent chills to several county workers who may have been sneaked to the payroll without due diligence after sending away the entire payroll team to s compulsory leave of three months.

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The stiff action comes amid outcry over ballooning wage bill in which the county is said to be dishing out at least Sh5 billion for recurrent expenditure, leaving very little for development.

At a function in North Mugirango recently, ODM treasurer Timothy Bosire condemned alleged theft ij government and demanded proper scrutiny of the payroll to adjust anomalies.

"You may not be aware but you have very sharp officers. They could be draining a lot of money without your knowledge. Scrutinize the system and send ghost workers home. That's what you must do," he said.

A section of other county leaders also demanded that the governor makes public Human Resource Audit Report which also reportedly exposed several ghost workers wuthin the system.

On Wednesday, County Secretary Erick Onchana confirmed the unprecedented actions by the governor, adding that a team has been set to continue running the system in the next three months.

"They have been given a compulsory leave by the governor. At the moment, we have a team which is looking into the payroll. Those taken for leave will come back of found innocent," he said.

Mr Nyagarama has been battling criticism from a section of electorates who accuse him of nepotism, maladministration, incompetence among others.