At least 176 employees of the Laikipia County government are going to be laid off, with their dismissal letters ready to be dispatched.
The county says the move is in line with Public Finance Management Act of 2012.
Laikipia County’s wage bill stands at 58 percent, while the enacted Public Finance Management Act recommends a 35 percent threshold.
According to a report on Citizen Digital, acting county secretary Karanja Njora has warned that the top leaders risk jail terms if they fail to comply with the law.
Those targeted in the layoff, include typists, switchboard operators, messengers and clerks. Most of these jobs have been affected by emerging technologies.
Laikipia has been spending over Ksh190 million monthly on salaries.
Following an audit report released last year that showed many government employees were on the payroll yet they cannot outline their job descriptions, Laikipia Governor Nderitu Muriithi pledged action.
Speaking at his office, Muriithi said they would establish mechanisms to eliminate ghost and idle workers.
“This report is helpful to us because we will know who is working and who is not. Those ineffective will be fired,” Muriithi said last year.