Counties to pay civil servants this month
From left: Governors Ken Lusaka (Bungoma), Isaac Ruto (Bomet) and Patrick Khaemba (Trans Nzoia). Making the announcement, Governors Council chairman Isaac Ruto accused sections the national government of trying to derail devolution and warned of a legal battle. To assist counties handle their payrolls, the Transition Authority convinced the Treasury to deploy four financial officers to each county.
Mr Ruto, the Bomet governor, said the national government had been paying salaries of civil servants in the counties because the Sh210 billion allocated to them had not been disbursed. “We are going to take over the payrolls at the end of August immediately after the funds are disbursed.
We let the government pay this month because no money had been transferred to the counties,” he said by phone. He said the counties had been surviving on a “few coins” from the Transition Authority.
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