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Governor Tolgos suspends five county staff found culpable of falsifying payroll records

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Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos has suspended five county staff over falsification of payroll records.

Through the County Public Service Board, four have been interdicted with immediate effect and one issued with a show cause letter to commence disciplinary action.

The five staff are drawn from the Payroll Section and the department of Finance. They are Paul Mutua (Director Internal Audit), Philip Seroney (Director Accounting Services), David Kogo (Payroll), Valarie Chelimo (Payroll) and Albine Kipyego (Payroll).

County Payroll Manager was suspended earlier on February 15, 2017 due to loss of public funds through falsification of payroll records. Further investigations were commenced unearthing the involvement of the five.

In a press statement dated August 29, 2017, the five are acussed of committing offences ranging from preparation of falsified payroll records to negligence of duty.

“Those who will be absolved of any wrong doing in the ongoing disciplinary process will resume their duties while those proved to have committed the offences will be sacked” reads part of the statement.

“This is in line with the function of the Board to exercise disciplinary control in the County public service as per section 59 (1) (c) of the County Government Act 2012,” the statement further reads.

In the press statement, Governor Tolgos reveals that early this year, 2017, they received a tip off of the fraudulent activities at the County Payroll office and secret investigations unearthed the scandal.

The Payroll Manager was arrested and arraigned in court. He was subsequently suspended from work and his case is still ongoing.

Governor Tolgos has been categorical that he would not condone any acts of corruption in his administration and he has warned that anyone found culpable will not be spared.

Tolgos said in the statement that the county receives among the lowest allocations from the national treasury both in equitable share and grants and they cannot afford to lose any amount to corruption.

“The action taken today should serve as a warning to all staff that we cannot be among the counties receiving among the lowest allocations from the national treasury and again waste it through corrupt practices,” he warned.

He assured residents of Elgeyo Marakwet that his administration has taken stringent measures to prevent any similar loss of public funds.

“Through support from the World Bank, we are in the process of establishing a public service management system to streamline our payroll office and other matters relating to our human resource and financial management,” he said.

The county boss reminded all staff that as he begins his second term in office, service delivery must be enhanced.

“Henceforth, service delivery will be performance based and measured at individual level with no exemptions whatsoever,” he said.

“Any cases of laxity, absenteeism, late arrival to office or leaving before stipulated official times will not be tolerated,” he added.

He also put on the spot contractors who collude with staff to rob the public of value for their taxpayers’ money through shoddy work, slow completion or stalling of projects saying his government will not hesitate to take stern action.

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