Concerns Over Ghost Workers Raised by Special Audit Report in the Counties of Isiolo, Wajir and Garissa.
Isiolo, Garissa and Wajir Counties are spending almost half of their budget on personnel emoluments according to a new report from the Controller of Budget. Isiolo County spent Kshs. 1,474,163,823 which is equivalent to 43.48% of its 2017/2018 Financial Year budget on salaries and allowances, Garissa County spent Kshs. 3,214,567,659 (49.31%) and Wajir spent Kshs. 3,400,857,358 (53.02%). Marsabit and Mandera Counties, on the other hand, are spending Kshs. 1,884,749,871 (28.70%), and Kshs. 2,375,725,533 (24.91%) respectively.
However, there are concerns that much of these salaries and allowances is going to ghost accounts that are operated by officials close to the County Chiefs which is backdoor misappropriation of public funds by the county chiefs. The high salary expenditure and the mass unemployment in these counties do not tally pundits claim, raising fears of a new form of corruption.
The high cost of paying county government officials’ salaries and allowances is currently affecting development in these Counties. The data analysis indicates that most of these counties are spending way above the 35% SRC salary ceiling.