Crisis as MCAs tell Ngilu off on funds
SEE ALSO :Assembly impeaches two county executivesIn an internal memo dated July 4, and addressed to chief officers, County Secretary Alex Kimanzi urged the senior officers to communicate the delay to their staff. “In the supplementary budget submitted to the assembly, there was a request to provide money for salaries and wages for June 2019. Following its rejection, I wish to inform you that there will be an unusual delay in the payment of salaries. However, the Executive is taking necessary measures to ensure this is resolved at the earliest opportunity possible,” the memo reads. In a Press statement released on Friday and signed by Speaker George Ndoto, the assembly noted that the Executive went against the law in proposing transfer of funds from the development budget to pay salaries and wages. “Section 154 of the Public Finance Management Act, 2012, prohibits an accounting officer from authorising the transfer of an amount that is appropriated for capital expenditure except to defray other capital expenditure. The supplementary budget had proposed reallocation of funds from development to recurrent, which is illegal,” the assembly statement read. The Speaker noted that the assembly, which is the custodian of the law, was not expected to approve supplementary budgets prepared against the law.
SEE ALSO :Ngilu slapped with Sh500,000 fineThey challenged the governor to explain how funds budgeted for salaries at the beginning of the last financial year were used. But county Planning Department explained that the funds earlier budgeted for salaries were used to foot an accrued KRA tax liability from 2013 to 2017. Unauthorised recruitment James Munuve (Kanziko MCA), who sits in the Budget Committee, said the salary mess had been caused by irregular and unauthorised recruitment of staff in the department of Health and Sanitation, which had caused the wage bill to skyrocket. The assembly has accused the Executive of illegally hiring casual workers, which has made the county wage bill to shoot to Sh4.4 billion from Sh2 billion since Ngilu took over.
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