Top county officials in Meru County have been suspended to allow for a special audit by the Auditor General.
The suspended officials, include the Acting County Secretary, all CECs, Chief Officers, Sub County, Ward and Town Administrators.
Meru Governor, Kiraitu Murungi said the move to send the officials on indefinite leave is to pave way for a financial and human resource audit without any interference.
The Chairperson of the Meru County Public Service Board, Patrick Mwambia and a Member, Francis Kithure have also been suspended pending outcome of their court case in the purge.
Governor Murungi has also instructed the County Public Service Board to conduct a thorough audit of the county government employees to establish the actual number of employees.
These measures are being taken to ensure that our county has a public service that is effective and efficient in its operations and service delivery, read the statement.
He further directed an audit of all casual workers in a move he noted was to remove abuse of a system that has created many ghost workers which has caused a strain on the budget. Why have so many casual workers when the county has 5,000 employees? noted Kiraitu.
He said the county was spending a whooping Sh. 15million every month to pay casual workers hence the need for an urgent audit.
The comprehensive audit will look into staff turnover, qualifications, promotions, suspensions, demotions, competency and integrity among other parameters.
The Governor has also issued early warning to contractors who might have colluded with the previous leadership to defraud county funds pointing that such rogue contractors will be named and blacklisted.
Source: Kenya News Agency