Barely a week after Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko surrendered key functions of the county to the national government, employees are already sighing in relief.
Pauline Kahiga, the county Finance CEC confirmed on Monday, March 2, that the county government had released Ksh1 billion for salaries that had been delayed for about three months.
“Ksh1 billion for salaries have been released to Nairobi County Government and assembly staff accounts,” stated Kahiga.
She stated that all the county staff who had experienced a delay in payment for three months since December had been paid as the money had been disbursed to their respective accounts on Monday.
Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa in concurrence with H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta, signed an agreement, handing over functions of the Nairobi County Government to the National Government
According to a report published by the Daily Nation, Kahiga had been accused of delaying the processing of Ksh56 million for MCAs and assembly staff in 2019.
MCAs had blamed Kahiga of refusing to sign all necessary documents that would have allowed the release of the cash by the Central Bank of Kenya, claims she denied claiming the National Treasury had not approved the supplementary budget.
“We went for holidays without salaries, the reason being that the CEC deliberately refused to sign and forward a form to Central Bank to release the money to pay our salaries,” remarked County Assembly Minority Leader David Mberia.
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko gestures at a past media interview.
The Kenya County Government Workers Union secretary general Benson Olianga had in an earlier October standoff sent a strong-worded statement regarding the delay in payment and its implication on their privacy obligations.
“Going five months without payment is not easy. It is our right to be paid and we will not allow anyone to play around with our salaries. We have loans, rent and school fees to pay,” said Embakasi Group chairman Mwangi Kuria.