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Sonko explains why he has not paid county workers for months

Governor Mike Sonko has explained why he is yet to pay Nairobi workers their monthly salaries which have seen them threaten to down their tools.

While addressing the media, Mike Sonko’s spokesperson Ben Mulwa explained that the money owed to the employees covers only three months of last year (September, October, and November.

He explained that failure to pay the money was due to the suspensions of projects that happened at the close of November last month.

“The months in question that specifically have not been paid are the months of September, October, and November 2019 and this is due to the suspension that happened at the close of November 2019,” he explained.

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SRT steps up distribution of coronavirus aid as more vulnerable families turn out for Sonko package Residents in Nairobi's informal settlements are suffering in silence, with some going for several nights without food as the effects of Covid-19 pandemic spread across the country. Officers from the Sonko Rescue Team (SRT), which has been distributing food and sanitisers, have revealed that despite their efforts to help the vulnerable groups, even the middle income residents are in need of food. The SRT has been distributing food to at least 300 residents from every ward and has so far covered six of the 17 constituencies in the capital city. The constituencies covered so far are Kasarani, Kibera, Makadara, Kamkunji and Starehe. The next will be Mathare, Embakasi South, Dagoreti North and Embakasi Central. The SRT team admits that while their efforts have been applauded by various agencies and residents, more needs to be done. "Our target has been 300 vulnerable families per ward but sometimes we are forced to give more than 1,000 families because the genuine cases in need are more than we think," George Omolo, the operations manager at SRT revealed. The SRT has been working closely with respective area MCAs to identify those in need. Those who work in the Hotel industry have also been sending hundreds of food appeals to the SRT, which is now considering to target 900 families per ward and offer other short term solutions to suffering residents. "When you go to a place like Kasarani, you will meet a lot of middle income earners who have not been paid since March or even February and you have to consider something for them even as you reach out to those who have no survival means at all," he added. Mr Francis Wambua, who handles food requests, says the SRT receives close to 20,000 food requests a day, with some coming from residents outside Nairobi. "We could be taking a lot for granted but Kenyans out there are suffering and it's not just Nairobi. We are receiving pleas from as far as Busia and Mombasa and sometimes we are forced to do cash transfers in cases we identify as urgent and serious," he noted.

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He went on to refute claims that it was nine months stressing out that it was only those three months. He added that the money that is due for their payment is usually included in the current supplementary was to be forwarded on Monday 18 or Tuesday 19 to the County Assembly.

“It actually will be possibly forwarded today or tomorrow. So the governor feels like it is not possible to take the threat for intimidation especially from the people who are inciting a few of those individuals who are engaged in that project,” he added.

He went on to disclose that since the beginning of December 2019, none of the workers had been working. He stated that it was dishonest for them to claim that they have not been paid for the last nine months.

He explained that the County boss feels that it has been the MCA’s who have been at loggerheads with him or the people who were behind the supplementary budget that was rejected that are inciting the public to paint a bad image of the governor.

In March this year, about 15,000 casual county workers held a demonstration over their unpaid salaries which left the City in a bad state.



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