Council of Governors under the leadership of Kakamega County boss Wycliffe Oparanya has sent all non-essential workers on leave following failure by the Senate to resolve the Revenue Sharing Formula stalemate.
In a statement, the Kakamega County Governor said that the decision was made to avoid a total shutdown of County governments that has been struggling financially due to the delay in the disbursement of funds for the financial 2020/2021.
“The Senate has still not been able to unlock the stalemate on the flow of funds. It is therefore clear when this impasse will be resolved. In this regard, all county governments are advised to issue necessary notices as follows:”
“County Health Facilities will not permit any new inpatient admissions. They will only provide minimal outpatient services. All nonessential services are hereby advised to proceed on leave for two weeks,” read Oparanya’s press statement.
Senators have been unable to find a common ground in their nine sittings which forced them to form a 12-member Committee but they still could not come up with a solution.
The delay has forced County governments to rely on their independent revenue collection to run their daily activities which has proven too much for them.
Earlier on, the Council of Governors had warned that all Counties would be shut down if he Senate fails to agree on the Revenue Sharing Formula which would see the Counties through for the next five years.
He pointed out that County governments had not been able to pay their workers from the month of August.
On Tuesday 15 September, President Uhuru Kenyatta held a meeting at State House with Orange Democratic Movement Party Leader Raila Odinga, Oparanya, and leaders of the Senate in an effort to find a solution over the stalemate.
President Uhuru went on to promise Ksh. 50 billion to counties as part of efforts to strengthen devolution for the 2021/22 financial year.
He added that this would, however, depend on the financial performance of the economy.