Kitui County Government staff Monday joined their colleagues in other counties to protest against unpaid July salaries. The Kenya County Government Workers Union (KCGWU) had last week issued a 7 day strike notice if the Counties failed to pay the staff’s salaries.
The aggrieved workers, who marched to Governor Charity Ngilu’s office, vowed to paralyze public service delivery in all departments until all their dues are paid.
Kenya County Government Workers Union Kitui branch Secretary General Daisy Muli said that they would only report back to work after their salaries reflect in their respective bank accounts.
“We have officially gone on strike until our July salaries are paid in full. We have instructed all unionists to vacate their work stations forthwith.” she announced.
Echoing her sentiments, the branch chairman Stephen kitheka also urged the Council of Governors, the Senate and the National Assembly to swiftly resolve the ongoing standoff between the Senate and the National Assembly over revenue share to the counties.
The County Deputy Governor Dr. Wathe Nzau had a difficult time pleading with the striking staff to return to work as they negotiate with the National Government to release funds. He observed that the county only collects 30 million every month and their monthly wage bill amounts to 300 million making it impossible for them to pay salaries using locally collected revenue.
In July 2019, the County staff had threatened to strike following the delay of their June salaries. This was after the Kitui County Assembly failed to pass the supplementary budget which the executive intended to use to pay the June salaries.