Kenya’s treasury has announced that it has released ksh43.5 billion ($435 million) to county governments to ensure a constant supply of services.
According to the Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani, the amount should be used to settle the bills and pay statutory dues.
“The National Treasury & Planning (NTP) wishes to confirm that an additional KES 43.5 billion was released to County Governments on Tuesday June 22, 2021, thereby clearing dues up to April 2021,” said Mr. Yatani.
“The payment of these pending bills will be closely monitored and future transfers weighed against the fulfilment of this important obligation to the private sector, so as to spur economic activity at the county level as part of our ongoing and inclusive Economic Recovery Programme,” he added.
$435 is the amount owed to the counties for April 2021. The CS promised to clear the dues for the months of May and June in the coming days.
Appearing before the Senate Finance and Budget Committee last week, Yatani disclosed that the devolved units have pending bills amounting to ksh90 billion ($900 million) that have accumulated for years.
The Council of Governors had threatened to halt operations at counties over the lack of finance by June 24. The council chair Governor Martin Wambora asked the treasury to disburse ksh102 billion ($1.02 billion) owed to them.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.