Machakos County Governor Alfred Mutua has complained that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s people in the National Treasury do not care about Counties.
While speaking in an interview with Citizen TV, the County boss decried late disbursements to counties by the National Treasury stating that Counties were yet to receive funds from the exchequer for the last three months. He added that has derailed day-to-day operations.
“We have not received our allocation for the last three months. President Uhuru Kenyatta’s people in Treasury do not support devolution,” he said.
He pointed out that the government was now playing with people’s lives and has to get its act together by going back to the retired President Mwai Kibaki’s mentality in the budget.
Mutua who has expressed his desire to run for the Presidential seat in the upcoming 2022 general elections revealed that at the moment, Counties have not paid their workers.
He said that his doctors, askaris, and women who collect revenue in Machakos County have yet to receive their salaries and as things stand there is no light at the end of the tunnel.
Mutua attributed the financial woes to the high debt accumulated by the country during President Uhuru Kenyatta’s regime.
The politician said that the country needs a leader who understands financial matters to rescue it from the huge debt hole.
He explained that the country needs a leader who knows how to squeeze the shilling, someone who understands finance, has knowledge of national and county governments
He said that the government should get into re-negotiating debts and lowering interest rates.
On September 3 last year, Council of Governors Chairperson, Kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Oparanya threatened to shut county operations if the revenue share formula stand-off will not have been resolved by September 17.
Oparanya said if the crisis persists, the Council will have no option but shut operations and send workers on leave “until an amicable solution on the issue is reached.
Oparanya said the Council is disappointed by the Senate for failing to build consensus on an acceptable revenue sharing formula- as a result delaying the implementation of the County Allocation Revenue Act, 2020.
The Council has also threatened to initiate a petition to dissolve the Senate over the persistent crisis.