George Odiwuor @PeopleDailyKe
Homa Bay County government has defended its decision to dismiss more than 650 casual workers to cut down its wage bill. Governor Cyprian Awiti said the county has a huge number of employees, which should be streamlined for his administration to achieve its development goals.
He said that his government has a high recurrent expenditure because of bloated staffing. “Most of our money is spent on salaries, therefore, we cannot realise our development goals. We had to lay off some workers to reduce the wage bill,” he said.
Awiti said the County Public Service Board (CPSB) has also embarked on auditing of staff to enable them to reorganise the county job sector. Fulfil agenda Addressing the press yesterday, the governor said: “We will not only dismiss casual workers but also other staff who do not excel.”
He added that the huge number of workers in the county was absorbed from the defunct local authorities. “I would like to fulfil my development agenda during my tenure.
The move will enable my government to get enough funds for the projects,” he said. In September last year, the county government and the Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA) signed a Sh1 billion deal to build an industrial park in Riwa in Karachuonyo constituency.
Awiti, who was accompanied by his deputy Hamilton Orata and Finance CEC Nicholas K’oriko, said his administration would work with the National government for realisation of development.