In Summary
  • The President’s stand on the matter has put counties in a tight spot with governors now blaming political brinkmanship on the stalemate.

  • Already, the county bosses have indicated that they will not relent in their demands for more allocations, further straining relations between the two levels of government.

  • The Kenya County Government Workers Union has waded into the issue and now wants governors to accept the Sh316 billion offer.
  • Secretary General Roba Duba on Friday said governors should save counties from falling into a financial crisis and accept the proposed Sh316 billion,

It will now be a delicate balancing act for cash-strapped counties in managing their finances following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s declaration that the national government does not have money to grant their demand for Sh335 billion.

FINANCIAL CRISIS

The President’s stand on the matter has put counties in a tight spot with governors now blaming political brinkmanship on the stalemate.

Already, the county bosses have indicated that they will not relent in their demands for more allocations, further straining relations between the two levels of government.

“Our position is that if we have to provide the services that we are supposed to, Sh335 billion is a comfortable figure. We must be funded, whatever happens. It is now up to the Senate and the National Assembly.

“During the inaugural county government, we had the Pesa Mashinani Initiative that failed. But this time round, we will roll out the Ugatuzi Initiative to seek amendments to the Constitution,” Council of Governors Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya said.

He warned that critical services such as health, agriculture, water and infrastructure are likely to be hampered if the National Assembly and the Senate do not come to a compromise. The National Assembly has already passed the republished Division of Revenue Bill with Sh316 billion as equitable allocation to the counties signalling another round of mediation with the Senate.

Public servants in the 47 counties may not receive their July salaries on time, with unions threatening  work boycotts should this happen.

The Kenya County Government Workers Union (KCGWU) has waded into the issue and now wants governors to accept the Sh316 billion offer.

Secretary General Roba Duba on Friday said governors should save counties from falling into a financial crisis and accept the proposed Sh316 billion, which is the amount of funding that is currently approved.

“We have seen county audit records and the wastage witnessed is a clear indication that governors are misusing funds, I don’t know why they want to be added more. Any move to delay workers’ salaries will be resisted and counties should prepare to face the wrath of workers if they try that,” said Mr Duba.

CREATED MISTRUST

The Sunday Nation has learnt that the cash crisis is so dire that some counties are even finding it hard to fuel vehicles.

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