Machakos Governor halts payments of disputed salaries of KES 154 million

Machakos County has delayed salary payments of KES 154 million for personnel named in the national public service commission report as it works to clean up its payroll.

The action is in response to a proposal by the Human Resource Audit taskforce to withhold KES 268 million due to outstanding concerns on individual instances.

Governor Wavinya Ndeti made the announcement yesterday, stating she had received an interim report from the Human Resource Audit team, which was formed in October.

According to the report, while Machakos County’s payroll in September was KES 466 million, the task force recommended withholding KES 268 million, prompting the governor to halt further payments until proper documentation verification is completed.

“I want to assure all county employees that, up to and until all documents of the affected officers are verified and authenticated, only then will the legitimate benefits be reinstated,” she said.

The county has halted employee payments of KES 5.4 million, as well as KES 11.5 million salaries for all employees on study leave; all employees’ special duties and extraneous allowances amounting to KES 97 million have also been suspended.

Salary payments for legitimately employed county employees, on the other hand, will remain unaffected.

“I have directed the County Secretary to process salaries for October and November 2022 respectively for employees who are not affected by the aforementioned issues by the end of this month,” said Wavinya.

In October Wavinya laid bare the rot in the county employment system oddities she said were used to exploit and siphon public cash from the county government. 

According to the governor, some reports from the Ministries of Public Service, Gender, Senior Citizens Affairs, Special Programmes, and State Department for Public Service revealed 36 cases of shared bank accounts, 14 cases of officers with the same national IDs but different tax PINs being paid by the Machakos County government, 2 cases of officers with the same IDs but different payroll numbers, and 28 cases of officers with the same payroll numbers but different ID numbers. 

She discovered eleven instances of double arrears payments, 229 instances of duplicated arrears payments, 37 instances of irregular gross monthly pay, and 109 instances of both special and basic wage payments.

Others included 2,334 cases of both special and rental house allowance, 128 cases of both special and basic pay salary payments, and 1,226 cases of tax arrears payments that had not yet been deducted.

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