NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 18 – Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has requested the Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury Henry Rotich to release Sh3.3 billion to enable him pay county workers their pending September and October 2017 salaries.
In a letter seen by Capital FM News on Wednesday, the Head of County Treasury Stephen Mutua further asked for an advance of Sh800 million to have smooth operations in the county.
“The county requests a total sum of Sh3,321,370,000 being equitable share for September and October, 2017 and an advance of Sh800 million to have seamless flow of services,” the letter states.
Sonko said he will reorganise the Finance Department which he says is run by cartels who have vowed to paralyse operations at City Hall.
“It is unfortunate that the delay has been occasioned by sabotage in the Finance Department led by the outgoing Executive Committee Member in charge of Finance who deliberately refused to make a formal request to the Controller of Budget to release funds on time,” said Sonko.
The county employees had vowed to stage peaceful demonstrations starting Monday to protest the delay in paying their September and October salaries.
Sonko however asked the county staff to exercise patience as he awaits approval from the Controller of Budget promising that in future delays will not recur.