State and counties must urgently clear Sh225b bills
SEE ALSO :Wrangles delay land registrationSome small scale businessmen and women who took loans to complete their contracts are said to have been forced out of operations while others had their properties auctioned. There is no justifiable excuse why the money has not been paid. Each financial year, counties, ministries and State agencies prepare budgets on how they will spend their money, and payment for suppliers is usually factored in. In the past, both the Controller of Budget and the Auditor General accused some counties and ministries of diverting money to other areas without budget votes while others misappropriated funds. This has to end. Although President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed the National Treasury to make sure that suppliers are paid, more needs to be done to ensure the amounts are cleared to help stimulate the economy. Dr Matiang’i says the government is committed to pay all the pending bills by March 2020. We have to hold him to his word.
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