Former Nacada chair John Mututho who is eyeing Nakuru gubernatorial seat has vowed to clean county payroll that has led to bloated wage bill if elected governor.
Mututho decried that, Nakuru was among counties absorbing little amount in development while huge chunk is directed to salaries and wages.
During the 2017/2017 fiscal year, Nakuru County received Sh 8 billion from treasury exclusive of local revenue but only Shillings 800 million was set for development. “We cannot spend our fortunes on salaries and wages because development is what the residents desires from leaders.
“We have to clean the payroll.” He added. The move to set aside meager amount of county cash on development saw governor Kinuthia summoned by Senate Committee on Finance. Kinuthia has been defending his record on development over bloated wage bill pointing that, the county has over 5,150 staffs from the defunct four municipalities.
He added that, the central government officers they have inherited amount to 1,800 accumulating the whole number to 6,950. “This number has bloated the wage bill and what we can ask is for more funds.” He decried. But on his part Mututho decried irregular and illegal employment by county government as the cause.
Mututho indicated that, his first move would be to have a bill enacted to vet and scrutinize all employees. “A wage bill a policy to be enacted by assembly to vet those workers in bid to know their qualifications and what they do and how they were hired. This would eliminate ghost workers.”