, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 15 – National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich is expected to appear before the National Assembly’s Budget and Appropriations Committee Thursday to explain Kenya’s apparent cash crunch that has stalled spending in various departments.
This follows summons by the committee led by chairman Mutava Musyimi (Mbeere South).
The cash crunch is said to have affected pay to parliamentary staff and related expenses, Members of Parliament, county staff and teachers who are yet to receive their September salaries.
The committee which is charged with oversight of the implementation of the budget had last week adjourned its investigations into the financial crisis after Rotich and Thugge failed to honour summons.
Rotich was said to be out of the country and was expected to jet back Tuesday evening from Peru.
The committee members said it is important for the CS to appear in person because the cash crunch is “too big” for the Principal Secretary.
Musyimi says MPs want to get a clear picture of the country’s financial position when the CS appears before them to explain the cause of the cash crunch which has affected operations within various ministries, Parliament and counties.
The Mbeere South MP said legislators want to know whether the government is facing a cash flow problem or if the country is broke.
The MPs said they are under pressure from their constituency staff and suppliers, many of whom have not been paid since the beginning of the current financial year on July 1.
In the current financial year, the Parliamentary Service Commission has a budget of Sh28 billion, with nearly one-third of the amount going to cater for MPs’ perks and salaries.