Counties told to halt staff recruitment

County governments have been asked to stop recruiting new staff until fresh employment measures are put in place.

Transition Authority chairman Kinuthia Wamwangi has said the authority would start staff right-sizing in the 47 counties from April.

The agency is tasked with overseeing the implementation of devolution under the Constitution through policy and legal advisory, resource mobilisation, oversight, capacity-building and coordination.

Mr Wamwangi said the rationalisation seeks to check the number and potential of staff working in each county government.

He said the exercise would help the county governments know if they need to recruit more employees or cut down the number to reduce the ballooning public sector wage bill.

“The Transition Authority wishes to advise all the county governments to stop recruiting new staff until we are through with the rationalisation so that we all can take stock of the number of staff and seek a way forward in reducing the wage bill,” Mr Wamwangi said.

Speaking in Eldoret town during a meeting with Uasin Gishu County government health stakeholders on Sunday, Mr Wamwangi said the exercise would rid the counties of all ghost workers.

“Through rationalisation, the Transition Authority will help County governments to come up with a stable payroll for its staff,” he said.