An audit conducted by experts from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Database (IPPD) has revealed outrageous irregularities in the Isiolo County payroll.
Speaking during an exit meeting with the experts on Thursday, the Isiolo County Governor, Dr. Mohamed Kuti said the audit has revealed unrealistic payments to employees of the county.
Dr. Kuti said the anomalies in the payroll that put the county wage bill into an upward trajectory inflating it from only sh 42 million just before devolution into 1 billion shillings by the year 2016.
While admitting that devolution brought in new officers that have definitely increased the wage bill, he said the outrageous irregularities are the major cause of the inflated wage bill that has denied the county money for development.
The governor said the outrageous payments like one employee on Job group L receiving arrears of 55 million are unrealistic and will be investigated.
He said other irregularities include, double payments, irregular promotions and other employees backdating their age by up to nine years to avoid retirement.
The governor lamented that the audit report has revealed some employees were promoted up to three times in a year while the unfortunate ones have remained for years without promotion.
He said others would receive salaries through the IPPD and a second payment through the manual payment which is a major contributing factor to the inflated wage bill.
Dr. Kuti said his government had brought in the taskforce because of the serious irregularities in monthly payrolls and disclosed that his government will immediately send away casuals in order to control the wage bill.
Source: Kenya News Agency