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Relief for Counties, as Treasury disburses Ksh.43.5 billion for pending bills

By Moses Ochengo

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The National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani now says the Counties are expected to receive Ksh.43.5 billion in arrears owed to them by the National Government.

The Cabinet Secretary announced that the disbursement will cater for March and April outstanding arrears, that saw the devolved units threaten to shut down last week. Mr Yatani further, urged the Counties to clear pending bills, even as they await the National Treasury to follow up on the remaining dues for May-June 2021.

“The National Treasury & Planning (NTP) wishes to confirm that an additional KES 43.5 billion was released to County Governments on Tuesday 22nd June, 2021, thereby clearing dues up to April 2021. Accordingly, the National Treasury & Planning will continue to call on individual County Governments to prioritise the payment of pending bills owed to suppliers alongside their statutory dues.” Said CS Yatani in a press statement on Wednesday.

The Treasury chief, also added Government will ensure the disbursement goes to the settling of outstanding bills, and the process will be monitored to ensure that obligations are met promptly. He also reiterated that the funds will fulfil the Public-Private partnership objectives for economic development, as part of the government’s Inclusive Economic Recovery Programme.

The Council of Governors (CoG) through Chairman Martin Wambora, had early on last week threatened to shut down operation in all the 47 counties, citing huge pending bills. The CS Yatani’s announcement now comes as a reprieve to the devolved units, who have been struggling to provide essential services to the local residents.

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