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Treasury to release funds for County salaries

27 August 2014, 15:16 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Treasury will release KES 29 Billion to be used in payment of salaries for the month of August for County governments.

Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich said Wednesday in his office that he had ordered the release of the funds to Counties to enable them pay salaries for the month of August.

This follows the admission by Council of Governors chairman Isaac Ruto that counties have no money to enable them pay August salaries.

He said that the blame lay with the government for not 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 after the budget 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 the public know where the issue lies, he said Tuesday.

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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