, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 19 – The long standing battle between the Nairobi County and the National Government over outstanding bills could soon be resolved after the Senate convened a meeting between City Hall and the National Treasury next month.
Senate Public Accounts and Investment Committee Vice-Chairman John Lonyangapuo said Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and his Principal Kamau Thugge have been summoned after Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero petitioned the Senate to compel the National Government settle the unpaid dues.
Kidero asked the committee to help the County Government get the money to offer essential services to Nairobi residents.
“We cannot run on a deficit of between 10 and 15 per cent of our revenue on an annual basis. If it can be made clear that the National Government cannot pay, will not pay, then we know from the beginning so that we can exclude such revenue from our projections and we adjust our expenditure budgets accordingly,” Governor Kidero stated.
According to Kidero the National Government owes City Hall Sh69 billion in parking and license fees and between Sh11billion in land rates.
Kidero petitioned the Senate Legal and Human Rights Affairs Committee in June 2016, to compel the government to pay the millions owed to the County Government.
The Nairobi County boss said the National Government has been using parking areas around the Office of the President, Deputy President along Harambee Avenue, Jogoo House, and Treasury without paying, yet the facilities belong to the County Government.
He explained that the Department of Defence (DoD) also applied to be allocated 988 acres of land with the condition that the department pays the council Sh40 million within 30 days of the said allotment.
But DoD took possession of the entire property without paying the premium to the County Government.