Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has assured striking county workers who downed tools Tuesday that they will get their pay for the last 3 months latest Wednesday next week. Ngilu assured the workers that there was now an agreement between the county executive and the assembly to finalize the budget process.
The joint union of Kitui workers held demos in the streets of Kitui town and matched to the office of Kitui Governor demanding for their 3-months salaries.
“I,m sure leadership of the trade unions should be keeping the people who you lead aware of the things that have been happening within the Country, not in the County…Senate only approved CARA yesterday. I’m happy to announce to you that the County Assembly will tomorrow be approving the budget and you get your money.” Ngilu said.
Addressing the press at Kitui Agricultural Training Centre (ATC), the leaders of the unions led by Kenya Union of Civil Servants Benjamin Munyalo, blamed the County Government of Kitui for delaying their salaries.
“We demand our salaries today and not tomorrow. We do not want to know their battle. We have suffered enough as Kitui workers,” said Stephen Kitheka, the chairman of Kitui County Workers Union.
Newton Kimanthi, Kenya National Union of Nurses claimed apart from salaries, there has been no promotion of nurses adding that some of their members have worked for more than 10 years in the same position.
“You have heard some of the members saying that they have more than 10 years working without promotion. Therefore we are not demonstrating to demand salaries only but also our promotion,” he added.
The stalemate with the executive began after the MCAs slashed the entire development budget for the trade, cooperatives, and Investment department which was headed by impeached CECM Philip Mumo.
Kitui County Textile Centre (KICOTEC) was also among the biggest losers in the purge in the 2020/2021 budget.
“That drop the entire allocation of 50 million for infrastructure and civil works development of Mwingi and Mutomo KICOTEC. The committee had recommended that this should wait for the completion of the structures at the two sites before any additional allocations are made to this budget, “The Committee report on the 2020/2021 read.
Ngilu refused to assent the budget. Talks have been ongoing for the last two weeks between the Assembly and the executive to resolve the impasse.