Uhuru to launch civil servants biometric census on Monday


NAIROBI, Kenya Aug 31 – The biometric registration of public servants in both national and county governments is scheduled to kick off on Monday as the government starts an audit process to rid the public sector of ‘ghost workers’.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will officially kick-start the Capacity Assessment and Rationalization of the Public Service (CARPS) Programme alongside Deputy President William Ruto at their respective offices while Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero will launch the exercise at his City Hall offices.

All Public servants working in ministries, departments and agencies at the national and county governments will be required to physically present themselves at the identification centres with original identity cards, duly completed biometric data form, original academic and professional certificates and a letter of first appointment.

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Other documents required include a letter of appointment to the current substantive post, current pay slip and a birth certificate. Additional data such as photographs and fingerprints will also be added to details already in the database.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru says the exercise will begin in Nairobi and will be completed by October this year.

“At the end of the exercise, persons who will not have been authenticated and their whereabouts not accounted for in terms of authorized leave or absence due to travel and other reasons will be deemed to be “ghost workers” and will be eliminated from the public service payroll,” she said.

“This exercise will contribute significantly to the rationalization of the Public Service by determining the actual numbers of public servants and will also be used to cleanse the payroll at both levels of Government- hence bring a stop to the issue of ‘ghost workers’.”

The Government has also completed the training of over 700 senior Government officials and developed guidelines on the program. These officials will support the various ministerial and country rationalization teams to effectively operationalise the CARPS programme.

The overall objective of the CARPS program is to align government structures, processes and programs to the mandates and functions of national and county governments to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in Public Service delivery in line with the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and Kenya’s Vision 2030. Ultimately the program will ensure that government functions are properly structured and staffed to facilitate transformation of the public service.


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