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IEBC unable to pay pending bills after Treasury re-allocated funds to legal fees

IEBC accrued bills totaling Sh3.9 billion during the 2017 General Election and the subsequent fresh Presidential Election/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 2 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says it is unable to pay pending bills for the 2017 General Election amounting to Sh3.8 billion after the National Treasury re-allocated funds set aside to pay legal fees.

The National Treasury re-allocated Sh500 million that IEBC had ear-marked to settle pending bills incurred from suppliers under the Access to Government Procurement Opportunities program (AGPO) .

According to the poll agency, the allocation of the funds for payment of legal service emanating from its numerous court cases, has rendered it impossible to comply with the executive order issued on June 1, 2019 by President Uhuru Kenyatta in which state agencies were directed to clear pending bills for suppliers of goods and services.

A statement issued by IEBC on Monday stated, ” We had set aside Sh330 million out of the allocation, to settle AGPO and non-AGPO pending bills not exceeding 10 million per supplier with the remaining Sh170 million ear-marked for payment of pending legal bills.”

“The Sh500 million that the IEBC had allocated for payment of bills owed to AGPO suppliers was part of a Sh703 million allocated to the agency in the 2018/19 supplementary budget,” the statement explained.

The statement signed by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati said, “The commission accrued bills totaling Sh3.9 billion during the 2017 General Election and the subsequent fresh Presidential Election out of which we settled Sh107.3 million leaving a balance of Sh3.8 billion.”

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