AUDIT

We must cut wage bill to realise development, says Arati

Says Kisii among other county governments still struggling with unsustainable wage bills

In Summary

•Arati who also turned up to be counted ordered immediate interdiction of a clinician who came to the event drunk.

•The ongoing audit is set to find gaps, illegalities, outdated policies, procedures and practices to be weeded out to streamline service delivery.


Governor Simba Arati confers with officers doing a staff audit in Kisii on Tuesday November 23
Governor Simba Arati confers with officers doing a staff audit in Kisii on Tuesday November 23
Image: MAGATI OBEBO

Kisii county can spare sufficient funds for devlopment by cutting down the number of county staff, Governor Simba Arati has said.

By Wednesday a fresh audit was still going on at the Agricultural Training Centre to identify employees without proper academic credentials.

Arati who also turned up to be counted ordered immediate interdiction of a clinician who came to the event drunk.

"There is definitely no shortcut we must shed off a few if we are to do any meaningful development in our region," Arati said.

He defended the staff audit exercise saying there was no malice intent.

Kisii,he said, is among other county governments still struggling with unsustainable wage bills.

"All the money we are receiving from the exchequer actually goes to salaries, there is nothing left for development. People need projects which we can't do without money," Arati said.

He said several MCAs have been asking about funds for projects yet there is no money.

"While they have very genuine concerns I am limited on funds to help them," Arati said.

The county wage bill currently stands at 62 per cent, this is past the red mark set by relevant agencies.

"This is 27 per cent above the normal rates and I want to ask my people to be patient as we do these audit, it's for the common good," he said.

The ongoing audit is set to find gaps, illegalities, outdated policies, procedures and practices to be weeded out to streamline service delivery.

"In this regard I have ordered the county secretary to work with the county public service board to ensure officers perform functions that match their skills," he said.

Arati said his administration is not going to understake random recruitment for the purpose of rewarding friends.

He said the verification of certificates has already begun in conjunction with the Kenya National Examination Council.

"This is where the rubber will meet the road. People say Arati is not learned but I promise you we must work to streamline this county," he said.

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