Oparanya: “We are going to shut down counties again over lack of funds”


The Council of governors (CoG) has threatened to shut down all devolved units over lack of funds.

CoG Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya pointed out that so far no money has been disbursed to counties yet they need to continue operating.
Speaking in Kakamega Saturday, Oparanya accused the treasury of continuing delaying disbursement of cash to counties yet they are supposed to pay salaries and continue launching development projects.
“We will not continue operating this way, we need money to pay salaries and launching projects, we can’t do this minus funds, we need money disbursed or else we will soon shut down devolved units and send workers home,” he threatened.

Oparanya reiterated that despite passing the third generation revenue sharing formula, nothing has taken place so far and the national government has gone mute.
The CoG Chairman stated that the best way to force the treasury to release the cash to counties is by paralyzing operations through sending employees home.
“We are tired of being played around, we are not going to stomach it anymore, they either release the cash to counties or we close all services,” he said.
There has been raging debate on revunue sharing formula for almost 11 sittings by the Senate committee before the puzzle was unraveled but the cash is yet to be disbursed to counties.

Counties need enough money to launch development projects and deal with the wage bill.


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