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Need a job without a cert? Try County Hall!

Around one third of County Hall employees cannot prove they went to school.

“While 30 per cent of employees have nil qualifications, only 3.07 have a first degree and above,” revealed a new staff audit.

It was commissioned to gauge the suitability of staff for their positions.

All employees had to report to their line bosses with their academic and professional certificates but 30 per cent could not even produce a primary school certificate.

In total, 77.3 per cent of the staff were general or non-technical, meaning they could do only manual work as opposed to performing skilled duties.

And that is being seen as a major stumbling block to attempts to turn around a system weighed down by huge debts.

The findings, in a report to the Transition Authority released early this week, are no different from those of a separate audit commissioned by Governor Evans Kidero which also unearthed a number of weaknesses.

For instance it discovered that some 2,500 workers were related by blood.

The workers found their way into the system through nepotism and political patronage, that report observed. About 11,000 employees were involved in the latest head count which also sought to weed out ghost workers.

The report recommended that those workers who failed to turn up for the count should have their pay stopped.

The auditors, headed by Mr Kinuthia Wa Mwangi, recommended staff whose skills cannot match their job requirements should either be sent to another department or be sacked.

“The government should redistribute staff, prepare to redeploy or release any excess staff,” it stated.

By ethnicity, the report revealed 52 per cent of staff were Kikuyu, 13.7 per cent Luhya, and 10.14 Luo with other communities take up the remainder.

And with 49 per cent male and 51 per cent female employees, gender balance had been achieved apart from in a few departments like sports, health and planning.

It also stated that 42 per cent of staff were aged between 45 and 54.

Another report published in December last year and confidentially handed to Dr Kidero showed that the Ministry of Health submitted a staff pay roll of 4, 229 workers while only 2,056 could be accounted for.

About 150 workers were on duty outside Nairobi or on leave.

Several workers stationed in other counties were found to have cheated their way onto the Nairobi payroll in a bid to get hefty housing and travel allowances not enjoyed by those working outside Nairobi.