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Embattled Taita Governor sacks over 800 ‘ghost workers’ on the county payroll

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Taita-Taveta Governor Granton Samboja has fired about 804 county employees after they failed to show up for a roll call register last month.

This comes after a report on county staff audit brought up a list of workers who have been receiving salaries and allowances ‘for work never done’.

Samboja went on to further revoke the powers of the County Public Service Board to hire casual workers, to the Chief Officers in the county.

He added that all staff who were actively involved in the hiring of ghosts and doubling salaries without consultation will take personal responsibility and vowed to recover the monies from their salaries.

“It is not clear why officers whose salaries ought to have been stopped after deserting duties as early as 2017 were still earning from the county payroll,” reads part of the statement.

The abrupt actions come in the wake of ongoing investigations into the malpractices in the hiring of workers by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

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