, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 12 – An audit by PriceWaterhouseCoopers has revealed that 92 percent of the City Council of Nairobi workforce is incompetent.
The appraisal commissioned in 2010 has recommended that the council trims its large and inefficient workforce.
Town Clerk Philip Kisia promised action although he said it would take a long time and resources to implement.
“The report emphasises the need for quality service delivery that is responsive to the needs of stakeholders and good governance,” said Kisia who added that the council’s monthly wage bill is Sh580 million.
Fifty eight percent of city council workers are not educated beyond primary school level, while 39 percent of staff in managerial grades hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.
Kisia said that slightly over one quarter of the council’s workforce was 50 years and over, and therefore likely for retirement.
Despite the council’s huge monthly wage bill, the report recommends that council staff be remunerated accordingly and that the council should recruit more personnel with technical skills.
“We could be bloated but at the same time I do not have enough planners. For instance one engineers is expected to take care of over a million city dwellers,” he explained.
The Town Clerk said that the council will consider proposals ensuring that directors are employed on contract basis to ensure that contracts are only renewed on performance.
The report also recommends that the council immediately starts to deploy staff to areas for which they are qualified.
Kisia affirmed that the council had dealt well with the first report released last year which revealed that there were 4,215 ghost workers on City Hall’s payroll.
On technology, the report wants the council to do away with its archaic systems that have put over reliance on paper work and limited use of technology.
Further the council is expected to review its structures and align them to those established by devolution and break its highly centralized organization system.