Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has performed “radical surgery” and suspended more than 437 employees in the finance sector, a day after his inauguration.
The employees including procurement officers, accountants and auditors were sent home to allow an audit.
Mutua said the affected are from the county treasury headquarters and those seconded in government departments all over the county.
“This move is to allow a thorough independent audit and suitability assessment of staff, financial systems and operations for Machakos,” he said in a statement on Friday.
“They should proceed on immediate leave from today until further notice. They are not to access government premises until they are recalled.”
Mutua added the move will also ensure the people get value for their money from now on.
“There is need to improve efficiency, route out cartels and enhance accountability and integrity in all levels of my government.”
Noting he will announce more change in the next few days, he said the process is part of a comprehensive radical surgery informed by his interactions with residents.
“I promise my people and stakeholders that I will ensure you receive government services in a transparent and efficient manner.”