County workers not paid as IFMIS takes a miss

December 24, 2016 9:45 am
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CoG Finance Committee Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya revealed that most counties are now stuck financially with his county now falling behind in disbursements by a month/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 24 – The Council of Governors (CoG) has described the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) system as a nightmare for County Governments after experiencing delays in the disbursement of funds and settling debts.

CoG Finance Committee Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya revealed that most counties are now stuck financially with his county now falling behind in disbursements by a month.

Oparanya who is the Kakamega Governor said that IFMIS has not been operational for the past four days.

He stated that as a result of this, suppliers and employees of the County Governments will not receive their payments for this month.

Oparanya urged the Treasury to consider letting counties adopt their own payment systems that can be integrated with that of the National Government.

He explained that the Council of Governors has been lodging complaints with nothing being done.

He was set to hold meetings with Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich on behalf of the Governors Council but it has been impossible due to the schedule of the CS.

Oparanya said counties may stand to be blamed by January 1 next year when half year reports are being released on county finances, yet it is IFMIS that has let them down.

Kakamega County currently owes suppliers and employees about Sh800 million.

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