Kitui County staff will have to bear for some time without their June salaries. This is according to County Secretary Alex Kimanzi in a letter addressed to chief officers and copied to the Governor and CEC Treasury.
The letter that is dated 4th July 2019, blames Kitui County MCAs for failing to pass supplementary budget for the financial year 2018/2019 on 27th June. It is this supplementary budget that the county intended to use a portion to pay June salaries.
“please note that the executive arm of the Kitui County Government submitted supplementary budget estimates for the 2018/2019 financial year to the county assembly for deliberation and approval. In this supplementary budget, there was a request to provide money to cater for various recurrent expenditure. Among these, was the request to provide sufficient funds to cater for the salaries and wages for the month of June 2019.” the letter reads.
“The county assembly sitting on 27th June 2019 did not approve the supplementary budget. As a result there will be unusual delay in payment of salaries and wages for the month of June 2019. The county executive is taking all the necessary measures to ensure this is resolved at the earliest opportunity.” County secretary assures in the letter.
While speaking to Mauvoo news one of the Kitui county officers who requested we conceal his identity asked the county to follow the example of Nairobi County Government that he says pays salaries before the 30th of every month. “We can’t say that the county does not have money to pay us, kwani where does the revenue that is being collected go to.?”
Kitui county MCAs who had last month vowed to work with Governor Ngilu seem to have changed their stand. The MCAs have been pushing the county to account for funds. Finance CEC Mary Nguli was also last year impeached by the MCAs.