Panic has gripped workers at the county government of Kisumu after the public service board announced a mandatory staff appraisal which is expected to exorcise the workforce of ghost workers.
The new board chaired by Charles Karan which was sworn in at City Hall, pronounced the appraisal exercise as a priority in its first week in office.
Karan said the exercise was not targeting any individual adding that for the board to fulfill its mandate all workers must be appraised and placed properly depending on their qualifications.
The announcement comes barely a year after the county executive conducted a head count for members of staff whose findings are yet to be made public.
According to the chairman, the county has an estimated 5,000 workers with a number holding positions on acting capacity.
Karan asked the workers not to panic but participate fully in the exercise to assist the board meet the staffing needs of the devolved unit.
The county government led by Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o fell out with the previous public service board which was appointed during the term of former governor Jack Ranguma.
A cross section of staff working in acting capacity or serving on contract have expressed fear over the exercise, saying they are likely to lose their jobs.