The County government of Nandi has been accused of hiring ghost workers even as the devolved unit grapples with corruption allegations.
According our source who sought anonymity, top county officials have either employed their children, spouses, house girls or relatives raising concern over the mandate of the structure of the county human resource.
Two years ago, a special committee was formed to investigate claims that ghost workers were siphoning Sh18 million in irregular payments from Nandi County’s health department every month.
This followed allegations by doctors and nurses, who went on strike claiming that irregular payments were being dished out to non-existing workers.
Governor Cleophas Lagat who has come under sharp criticism for failing to put down proper structures to curtail the ghost workers asked the Public Service Board to streamline the civil service and introduce performance contracts in all departments, which he said were losing Sh216 million yearly.
“More than 300 ghost workers were found in the Ministry of Health in Nandi County. The county cannot afford to entertain such ghost workers,” he said.
According to the medics, the ghost workers emerged after health services were devolved.
The devolved unit has been facing a myriad of challenges including delay in paying contractors.
In December 2015, hundreds of contractors demonstrated against the County Government’s move to delay their pay, months after completion of their work.
The contractors demonstrated over unpaid payments for projects undertaken in the last financial year that amounted to over Ksh 400 million by the county government of Nandi.
Governor Lagat, is reported to have locked himself inside the office to avoid the wrath of contractors who camped outside his office for hours.
Abdi Keter, one of the contractors, called on the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to investigate why the county government was withholding their pay, saying they will demonstrate against the governor until they get their dues.
Former cabinet minister Henry Kosgey has vowed to unseat Dr Lagat in the August 8 General elections.
Mr Kosgey is contesting the seat on a Jubilee Party of Kenya and according to political analysts, he is set to trounce the incumbent whose image has been damaged following corruption allegations.