Over 3500 contracted employees in Bomet to be sacked
Bomet County Government will struck off from payroll over 3,500 employees following termination of their contracts by the end of September this year.
Governor Dr. Joyce Laboso on Saturday said her Administration would not renew the contracts, majority of which expires this month.
Dr. Laboso said the move was geared towards reducing the wage bill and channel the savings to development programmes.
She pointed out that Bomet County wage bill currently stands at 52 per cent of the total budget way above 35 per cent recommended by the Controller of Budget.
The Governor announced that she had formed a task force to undertake staff audit and whose report shall be used to guide retention and realignments.
The Committee will be systematic, thorough and highly professional in its undertaking, assuring that the process will be transparent and devoid of vendetta.
The positions that shall be vacant will be advertised and the employees holding the positions will be free to re-apply for the same with other members of the public in a competitive process.
She said the positions will be advertised and filled competitively by the County Public Service Board and all those handpicked to their current positions should start packing.
“My Administration, she said, was keen on changing the current scenario where staff were employed on contracts without security of tenure, pensions, Scheme of Service or gratuity.
“My overriding objective in this exercise is not only to manage the wage bill but also professionalize the civil service by having a lean, efficient and effective team that would deliver high quality services to the people of Bomet,” Dr. Laboso stated.
Former Governor Isaac Ruto and members of the Public Service Board had long standing feud over employment of workers which led to suspension of recruitments.
Ruto chose to employ staff on contracts using Executive Orders, majority of them were from the private sector.
By Joseph Obwocha