Homabay staffers in turmoil following salary hitch by county payroll

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Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti (Courtesy)

Homa Bay county staffers have been left in turmoil following a salary hitch that resulted from technical errors from the county government’s payroll.

Reports reaching this desk reveal that following a technical hitch from Absa and Cooperative banks, a section of county workers received more than they bargained for as their June salaries.

Hivi Punde understands that some staffers’ accounts were credited with up to three times their salaries while others got completely nothing. This, the county government said was a result of a technical hitch in the government payroll.

Following the incident, approximately 3,000 employees have been left without their salaries and forced to wait until the next payroll for the issues to be resolved.

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Addressing the same, Omondi Auma, the Homa Bay county human resource management director issued an apology to those affected but placed blame on the two banks, Absa and Cooperative.

Ms Auma further called on the staffers whose accounts were credit with excess cash to surrender the funds or they will have to be deducted until the funds are recovered.

Through a memo, the staffers were asked to liaise with the HR department to refund the funds.

“The error was caused by operational issues at the banks while they were processing the salary payments for June. The county government is working with the banks to address the issue,” Ms Auma said.

She further added, “There were a lot of discrepancies in how employees were paid from two major financial institutions. The county government is working to have the issue addressed and ensure those who were not paid receive their June salaries.”

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With the incident yet to be resolved, the affected staffers have called out the devolved unit complaining that it has subjected them to unnecessary suffering and inconveniences. Word is that they have planned a demonstration at the county headquarters office this week.

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