SERVICE DELIVERY

In the neighbouring Siaya County, staff were asked to remain patient as their salaries were being processed.

County Secretary Joseph Ogutu said officials from the finance department last week met their National Treasury counterparts to push for the release of money.

The county needs about Sh180 million to pay staff salaries.

In Vihiga, Governor Wilber Ottichilo said Kenya National Union of Nurses officials had issued the strike notice, and lamented that “if this is allowed to happen, our people will die”. The neighbouring Kakamega County paid its workers on Thursday last week.

In Homa Bay, the county workers’ union chairman Tom Akech told the Nation his office had notified members not to report to work today, while in Kisii the chairman of the local chapter of the nursing union, Mr Fred Oigo, said nurses had been paid their salaries so normal operations will not be disrupted.

In the Mt Kenya region, governors were on Monday engaged in frantic efforts to avert the strike.

In Meru, Mr Mugambi Bakari, chairman of the local nurses’ union, said they had not been paid and will therefore meet today to chart the way forward.

HUGE DEFICIT

In Tharaka-Nithi, Governor Muthomi Njuki said July salaries were released last Friday, while in Marsabit the county spokesperson, Mr Issa Gambare, said funds had been sourced from “elsewhere” to avert the crisis.

In Baringo, workers, through the union secretary-general Joseph Cheruiyot, said they were ready to down their tools, while in Elgeyo-Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos admitted the county is broke.

“We have a huge deficit in our budget and the workers risk going without salaries,” Mr Tolgos said.

He added that he was disappointed that the County Assembly had refused to surrender part of its annual budgetary allocation to bail them out of the financial crisis.

The same scenario was repeated in West Pokot and Uasin Gishu counties, where union officials asked members not to report to duty until they received their salaries.

However, in Nandi, County Secretary Francis Sang said workers received their salaries last week, paid from internal revenue and savings from previous financial years.

PAYMENTS MADE

In Trans-Nzoia, the county government equally released Sh400 million for July salaries. The union chairman, Mr Sammy Kiboi, said 4,800 workers received their salaries last Friday.

At the coast, workers in Lamu have already been paid, while in Kilifi the County Secretary, Mr Arnold Mkare, said workers would not down their tools today.

In Mombasa however, Governor Hassan Joho’s officials have since last week been pleading with more than 4,000 county workers not to join the industrial action.

The workers’ union official Hajj Mwinyi said they met with senior officials from the finance department last week and were promised they would receive their salaries today.

In Taita-Taveta, workers said they would go on strike today. The county secretary-general for the Kenya National Union of Nurses, Mr Reuben Matolo, said they will camp at the governor’s office until their grievances are addressed.

Reporting by Collins Omulo, Benson Amadala, Victor Raballa, Dickens Wasonga, Derick Luvega, Justus Ochieng’, George Odiwuor, Benson Ayienda, Josiah Odanga, David Muchui, Gitonga Marete, Alex Njeru, Jacob Walter, Waweru Wairimu, Barnabas Bii, Florah Koech, Evans Kipkura, Tom Matoke, Gerald Bwisa, Dennis Lubanga, Oscar Kakai, Kalume Kazungu and Maureen Ongala

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