Five employees interdicted over payroll malpractices in Elgeyo Marakwet

Four employees from Elgeyo Marakwet County’s the payroll section and department of finance have been interdicted while another one has been issued with a show cause letter in connection with payroll malpractices which led to loss of Sh.14 million.

Area Governor, Alex Tolgos said in line with its functions, the County Public Service Board had launched investigations and those found culpable would definitely be sacked, while those who would be absolved from any wrong doing would be allowed to resume their duties.

Saying that he would not condone any acts of corruption, the governor in a press statement on Tuesday, said the five would face offences ranging from preparation of falsified payroll records to negligence of duty.

Today’s action should serve as a warning to all staff that we cannot be among the counties receiving among the lowest allocations from the national treasury and again waste it through corrupt practices, he said.

The governor said in February this year, the county government received a tip off about the fraudulent activities at the county payroll office and after investigations, the payroll manager was arrested.

I however, wish to assure residents that my government has taken stringent measures to prevent similar loss of public funds, Tolgos said.

The governor said through support from the World Bank, the county was in the process of establishing a public service management system to streamline the payroll office and other matters relating to human resource and financial management.

Tolgos said as he starts his second term in office, cases of laxity among employees and contractors who collude to rob the public value for their money through shoddy work would not be entertained.

Source: Kenya News Agency