, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 19 – Operations at the Nairobi County government were paralysed on Wednesday after hundreds of workers downed their tools demanding to be paid their May salaries.
They stopped working and vowed not to resume work until their salary issue was resolved by the Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero.
Speaking to the press outside City Hall, the Chairman Nairobi County Workers Union, Samuel Mugweru said they will not offer their services without their salaries being cleared.
“We are here to ask for salaries after a failed promise that our salary will always be paid on time. How do they expect all these workers to survive without being paid?” he lamented.
Mugweru urged the county leadership to act on their grievances saying they were entitled to ask for their salaries. “During the month of March and April the same happened but we can no longer wait.”
“We support devolution and more so our Governor’s policies but as much as we need him, he needs us more to deliver his promises,” he said.
The County Interim Secretary Lydia Ndegwa urged the workers to resume work as their pay had been disbursed already.
“The County, like other organizations, is transitioning from the old to the new order and in these circumstances teething problems like this are expected,” she said.
She said that, “The cause of the County’s financial problems extends to decades of accumulated debts amounting to Sh33 billion that seriously eats into the collections.”
The County Secretary noted that the monthly collections were low to sustain the monthly wage bill which stands at Sh530 million.
She also revealed that the County was experiencing serious cash flow problems occasioned by unprecedented extremely low revenue collections to reach levels where it can sustain the wage bill.
Ndegwa urged them to remain calm and concentrate on their work,” and avoid interruptions that will impact negatively on revenue collection.”
“This is the only way that payment of salaries can be sustained. In the meantime arrangements to pay CBA arrears amounting Sh1.5 billion are being made.”
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