Nairobi City Council set for headcount

February 11, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 11 – The City Council of Nairobi has contracted a private auditing firm to conduct a detailed assessment of its staff in a move aimed at ridding the council of ghost workers.

Nairobi Town Clerk Philip Kisia on Wednesday said the inspection would help ensure that all personnel information relating to the council’s staff was captured in a customised employee database for the council’s future reference.

Mr Kisia said that PricewaterhouseCoopers would set up staff registration centers across the council’s wards in Dagoretti, Langata, Embakasi, Kasarani, Westlands, Makadara, Kamukunji, Starehe and City Hall adding that it would also meet the council employees on an individual basis and schedule a registration exercise in all the divisions.

Through an advertisement in one of the local dailies, Mr Kisia announced that the scrutiny was expected to kick off on February 22 and run for three weeks. Previous reports have indicated that the council uses Sh4 billion annually to pay salaries and allowances.

According to the Town Clerk, the exercise will help the council ascertain genuine employees and synchronise the numbers with the payment structures.

The rigorous evaluation will require each worker to provide their birth certificate, national identity card or passport and their National Social Security Fund card.

The council’s employees will also have to provide their latest payslips, employee number, National Health Insurance Fund card and two colour passport size photos. The advert also requires that the workers produce their letters of appointment, certificates of professional qualifications as well as their academic credentials.

“All employees will be required to visit their designated division with originals and copies of the documents,” the advert read in part.

The staff registration center for Dagoretti ward will be Waithaka Social Hall. Those in Langata will be served from Karen Water offices; while those in Embakasi and Westlands will present their documents to Umoja 1 CCN Finance office and Parklands Nursery School respectively.

Workers based in Kamukunji will be served from Shauri Moyo Social Hall; those in Starehe will be served at NCC General stores and others will be served at Makadara’s NCC offices. The final center will be at City Hall’s Charter hall.
The council chief public relations officer Mr Wilfred Marube said the count has been on the cards for sometime.

“It has been an ongoing issue. Because we cannot audit ourselves, the council saw it necessary to engage an outside firm to assist,” he said.


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