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Counties have NO cash to pay August salaries: Ruto

26 August 2014, 15:29 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Counties have no cash to pay August salaries, Council of Governors chair Isaac Ruto has said.

Ruto made the announcement at his Nairobi office Tuesday, blaming the government for nor releasing funds agreed on for the current financial year.

Parliament approved KES 227 billion to be sent to the counties in the current financial year in June but the funds are yet to arrive, according to the Bomet Governor.

" We have no money to pay public servants and I thought it wise to explain so they know where the issue lies, he said in a press conference.

Ruto did not directly blame the delay to tactics by the government to frustrate devolution but said that nevertheless it was gut wrenching.

" We have to move forward as devolved governments and we will not do so if such situations continue to arise every so often, he said.

" As per now we have not been given absolute direction as to when the money will arrive but it means that public servants will probably get their salaries late, he added.

The County Allocation of Revenue Bill was passed just last week by parliament after weeks of debate.

The bill had caused upheaval in both the lower house and the Senate, even though the Senate passed it earlier.

It has already been ascended to by president Uhuru Kenyatta.

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