Crisis as MCAs tell Ngilu off on funds
SEE ALSO :Kibwana calls for a ceasefire in KituiIn 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 :Water project restoredIn a Press briefing in her office on Saturday, Governor Ngilu claimed the assembly was bent on frustrating her so that she might look bad in the eyes of voters. Mrs Ngilu noted that her duty was to spend money or propose ways of spending the same, and seek approval from the County Assembly. On the delayed salaries for the county staff, the governor urged the workers to “appreciate the challenge” and be patient. “We are waiting to get money from the national government. Once we receive the money, we shall pay them (workers),” Ngilu said. Some MCAs have, however, accused the Executive of getting its priorities wrong.
SEE ALSO :Ngilu's Finance executive resignsLast week, the assembly passed this financial year’s Sh11.5 billion budget with amendments and warned the governor against reallocating funds meant for development to other non-priority projects. “This budget is itemised with money allocated for specific projects in specific areas,” said Leader of Minority John Kisangau (Yatta/Kwa Vonza ward).
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