EACC Cautions Governors Over Hiring Of Illegal Staff

    The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has advised governors against severe violations of the Governor’s Executive Office employment criteria.

    EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak indicated in a memo to all governors on Thursday that prior Circulars issued by the Transition Authority and the Salaries and Remuneration Commission had limited the number of staff in the Governor’s office.

    The current event comes on the heels of reports that governors were violating recruitment laws by creating non-existent positions and offices without notifying the respective County Public Service Board, as Section 59 of the County Governments Act of 2012 requires.

    “The Commission issues this advisory as a precaution and requires the Governors in the affected Counties to take corrective measures in order to comply with the law and guidelines,” according to the memo to county governments.

    Governors currently have the following jobs: Chief of Staff, Economic Advisor, Political Advisor, Legal Advisor, Director of the Governor’s Press Service, and Support Staff (Personal Assistant, Personal Secretary, Cook, Driver, Messenger, and Gardener).

    According to the EACC, recruitment for the posts is required by law and must be done with the approval and concurrence of the individual County Public Service Boards.

    According to the EACC, those who breach the criteria shall be held personally accountable for any loss, unlawful expenditure, or over-expenditure of government money and other resources caused by recruiting such excess workers in their particular Counties.

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