The National Treasury has allegedly been irregularly hiring staff. A new trend has emerged where the Treasury does not follow the provisions of the constitution in regards to hiring of directors.
The constitution provides for The Public Service Commission to hire civil servants and public servants. The Salaries and Renumeration Commission regulates the salaries for the civil servants and public servants.
Kahawa Tungu has learnt that in the hiring of The Director General Accounting Services, Bernard Ndung’u and most recently The Director IFMIS, Jerome Ochieng, they were hired by KRA and seconded to the Treasury so as to deliberately avoid competitive process at the Public Service Commission.
It is worth noting that the Public Service Commission is an equal opportunity employer and provides for a competitive process taking into consideration the marginalized groups.
The two officers, a source disclosed, are also paid salaries way above that of civil servants serving in similar grades which begs the question; why is the National Treasury avoiding the Public Service Commission process in hiring some senior officers and directors? Why does Kenya Revenue Authority hire on behalf of The National Treasury to circumvent The Public Service Commission process?
A source privy to the information says that there are officers who have been hired to provide technical assistance but end up doing routine work done by officers at the Treasury.
The TA’s are apparently paid very high salaries for doing routine tasks, courtesy of the Director General Accounting Services (DGAS) Mr Ndungu, the same suspect in the Sh9 Billion NYS saga.
Mr Ndung’u, we have learnt has also hired audit firms like PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) to do accounts, a task that has always been taken up by accountants employed by the government.
The audit firms collect information from the Government Accountants and conduct trainings facilitated by government officers and raise huge invoices for routine work done by government officers.
“This is wastage of GOK funds and must be stopped,” a source said.
Some of the people who have largely benefited from the irregular hiring by the DGAS other than Mr Ochieng’ are: Ann Chege, Paul Chege, Stanley Kamanguya and Dennis Masinde.
The four were allegedly employed by the World Bank as TA’s in a compromised process and seconded to the Treasury. Upon the expiry of the contract, the source intimates, Treasury continued paying them without following the due process in employment.
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These officers have been retained for doing routine work and are apparently taking home huge chunks of money, in contravention with the employment regulations as provided in the Constitution.
“These self proclaimed TA’s come from the same ethnic background. This situation is wanting and must be urgently addressed to avert further wastage of public funds,” the source added.
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