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Nairobi News : December 2nd 2013
news POLICE ARREST WOMAN IN JOBS SCAM Embakasi. Police in Embakasi are holding a woman in connection with recruitment of some 250 youth in Nairobi for flower farm jobs in Rwanda. The woman spent the weekend at the Embakasi Police Station following her arrest on Friday in connection with the recruitment drive that targets jobless youth. Police believe the woman is part of a larger syndicate conning unsuspecting Kenyans with the promise of lucrative jobs outside the country. According to some recruits, word went round Embakasi village that an international flower company was looking for 300 farm workers to pick flowers in their Rwanda farm. “The pay was Sh70,000 a month, tax-free with an annual leave of one month. We were also promised Sh30,000 upon reaching Rwanda, which would cater for initial rent and food expenses,” said Wangui. The agreement was that the recruits would each pay Sh5,000 to the woman in police custody to cater for fare expenses to Rwanda. The group was set to leave on Tuesday evening for Rwanda. Most of the recruits interviewed had sketchy details of their trip to Rwanda, as they had no idea where exactly in Rwanda they were going to work. The recruits were required to fill social welfare and medical insurance forms and produce valid passports for travel. There was no mention of work permits or any other required documents from the Ministry of Labour. The woman in police custody, who is only referred to as Mama Bridget, claims she was approached by a friend who works as the international company as a Human Resource Manager who asked her to recruit people to work in Rwanda. Police say that the woman will remain in their custody as they launch investigations. Njoki Chege, NN Monday, Dec 2 - Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke 9 Only three out of 10 county workers fit for their jobs Staff audit. City Planning Department is the worst hit with only 18 out of 249 workers having relevant skills BILLY MUIRURI, NairobiNews @billymuiruri email@example.com N airobi county government employees are badly equipped with skills needed to offer you the services they are employed to give. About 30 per cent of them are 50 and above, thus are unable to conform to the changing service delivery needs. A damning audit report by PriceWa- terHouse Coopers (PWC) revealed that only three out of 10 workers match the job requirements for their tasks. The report exposed a rot in staffing issues that perhaps explains why Nairobians rarely get value for the taxes they pay. Sixty nine per cent of the staff do not meet relevant skills for their jobs while the workforce is bloated by 3,676 employees. The city requires 7,716 employees only. The extra numbers are not needed,” noted the report compiled when Philip Kisia was City Clerk. At the Planning Department, 93 per- cent of the workforce is unqualified! Only 18 out of 249 have the required skills. The department approves development plans for the city. The Legal Department follows with 84 per cent while the City Treasury, the County Government’s purse is a close third with 82 per cent of staff holding jobs they are incompetent to do. Here, the city’s revenue is collected and allocated to projects and needs. And another shocker awaits! Two in every three people in the Health Department are not fully qualified. That means the person administering an injection or drugs at a health centre might not be having the needed skills. In another worrying revelation, 76 per cent of staff in the Education Department are poorly trained for the job they handle, meaning Nairobi schools are replete with poorly trained teachers and supervisors. Only 155 of the 626 employees in the Environment Department match their job requirements. Its duty is to ensure the city is clean. The poor staffing scenario is linked to political patronage over the years, with former mayors and councillors bulldozing to have friends and rela- Headcount • Uproar: When the county government officials announced mid this year that they would conduct a workers’ headcount there was resistance. The exercise went on and it revealed that were about 500 ghost workers. An askari hangs on a vehicle as it carries lawbreakers to court. The Inspectorate Department, which askaris belong to, leads with unqualified workers. Denish Ochieng, NairobiNews tives on the council’s payroll. “Nine-two per cent of our employ- ees are support staff in the lower cadre grades ( Scale 11-18). Still, 98 per cent of all the staff have no degrees,” the reports notes. The audit remains stuck in the shelves of City Hall even as the county government conducts a fresh audit. The County Public Service Board chairman Phillip Kung’u earlier said the audit would give a picture of the workforce and needs. “It is not just about reducing the We’ll drink to that! Madafu now more popular in middle and top estates PHILIP MUYANGA, NairobiNews firstname.lastname@example.org the Coast region is slowly gaining popularity in Nairobi’s middle and high end estates. The drink, made from green co- C conut, is being used by Parklands, Westlands and South C residents. Madafu is extracted from young coconuts and it contains potassium and other minerals. Although claims have been made that the drink is good for the kidneys, this has not been scientifically proven. Traders involved in madafu busi- ness are making good profits selling the fruit at Sh50 compared to the purchase price of Sh20. Mr Daniel Njathi says he receives orders for more than 6,000 coconuts in a week. “We are doing well as we usually They were supposed to work in a flower farm in Rwanda. File, NairobiNews receive orders in bulk especially when people have parties. They prefer madafu to soda,” he said. oconut water, locally known as madafu, synonymous with Jane: I first took madafu during my visit five years ago and loved it. I only discovered it was being sold here recently” Mr Njathi said he decided to venture into the madafu business after realising its market in Nairobi was untapped. “I lived in Mombasa for eight years and learnt the trade before coming to Nairobi,” he said. Availability A woman who identified herself as Jane and a resident of South C said she loved madafu and bought at least five coconuts each day. “I first took madafu during my visit to Mombasa five years ago and I loved it. I discovered it was being sold here only recently,” she said. Another trader Hezbon Maina said madafu had become popular due to its availability. Mr Maina said he knew about madafu 20 years ago after an encounter with coastal people living in Nairobi. Mr Maina said he was optimistic that business will continue to grow as more city residents embrace the drink. numbers. It is matching relevant skill to the jobs,” he said. Mr Kung’u said the workforce is ‘bottom heavy’ and will require an overhaul to conform to emerging needs in the county. The Nairobi Secretary of the Local Government workers union, Festus Ngari has rubbished the ongoing audits as misuse of public funds. He said workers were tired of end- less headcounts. “This exercise has been done over and over again. What else do they need?” he asked.
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