Uhuru directs payroll audit

President Uhuru Kenyatta holds the first Cabinet meeting of the year 2014 at State House, Nairobi.

President Uhuru Kenyatta Thursday directed the Ministry of Devolution and Planning, in collaboration with the National Treasury to contract an external auditing firm to undertake a comprehensive human resource audit and payroll cleansing exercise in the Public Service.

This follows a revelation in an audit report compiled by the ministry indicating that the government could be spending Kshs. 1.8 billion annually on payment of wages for ghost workers in government offices.

The audit results should be submitted to the president in three months time.

According to the statement by the President, a number of non- existent officers are still retained in the public service payroll.

“We have found evidence that indicates that a considerable number of officers who are either on secondment, are deceased, retired or have deserted their duties and who therefore ought not to be remunerated, are still retained in the public service payroll,”says Uhuru.

According to a partial audit carried out in an initial eight (8) ministries, there is proof that the inflated remuneration has contributed in the continued expansion of the wage bill, over and above the true and correct position.

The audit report compiled by the Devolution and Planning Ministry, interim results from the eight ministries reveal that an estimated Kshs. 70 million could be deemed irregular payments to officers who have since left the service.

The President’s statement also reads, “If this were to be extrapolated to all 18 national government ministries, assuming the same trend holds, we are likely to save about Kshs. 150 million monthly, and approximately Kshs. 1.8 billion annually.”

It is due to this that president Kenyatta has directed the Ministry of Devolution and Planning, in collaboration with the National Treasury to out source and contract an external auditor to undertake a comprehensive human resource audit and payroll cleansing exercise within 3 months, and a report of the findings submitted to the office of the President.