City Hall launches biometrics register to cleanse ‘ghost workers’ and fraudsters from its staff

The much-awaited report of the Nairobi City County biometric exercise that kicked off in May 2019 is finally out. The results indicate that City Hall has 11,603 employees officially registered in the new system.

Before the exercise, the county had 11,988 employees as per the April, 2019 payroll. Some 385 employees were not registered. This is because 200 of them have retired, 58 are out due to disciplinary cases, 11 resigned and 23 died within the same period. Another 85 are outside the country for training.

County Secretary Leboo Morintant, while officially receiving the results, said this will help eradicate ghost workers and imposters.

“The public can verify our genuine staff via a simple SMS to a code that we will share with them and this will take away the issue of fraudsters and imposters,” Leboo said.

The public will be able to identify genuine staff by sending the personal number to a short code number 40471 that will relay results verifying whether the person is genuine staff.

In the event the person is not a county employee, the public will report such a case through the telephone number 0725624489 and/or contact the nearest county enforcement officer or police.

Leboo said the results will help the county reduce its wage bill from 59 per cent of its total recurrent budget to at least 50 per cent within the next two years.

The move, which seeks to avail more funds for development programs, has been discussed and adopted by the county executive members.

From the total budget passed for Nairobi County, over 70 per cent goes to salaries (59 per cent), while operations and maintenance consume 41 per cent.