County staff in select Counties go on strike; CoG Chair says funds’ problems aren’t new

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Council of Governors chairman Wycliffe Oparanya speaking to the press outside the Supreme Court after seeking the Court's direction on the Division of Revenue Bill 2019. Photo/Courtesy
Council of Governors chairman Wycliffe Oparanya speaking to the press outside the Supreme Court after seeking the Court's direction on the Division of Revenue Bill 2019. Photo/Courtesy

As County workers in different Counties join the ongoing strike in sleect Counties due to unpaid dues, Kakamega Governor and CoG chair,an Wycliffe Oparanya has revealed that the Counties experience the same problems with funds as they have this year. The Kakamega Governor has said the scenario isn’t new, but the difference this year has been evident due to the Division of Revenue standoff, “Every financial year we have had problems. We have never had a seamless transfer from one financial year to the other.”

He said the stalemate between the National and County assemblies has made this year’s issues come out more openly. A week ago, on Tuesday, the Kenya County Government Workers Union issued a seven-day strike notice and pledged to start go slows until their dues are paid. The County staff are demanding the payment of their July salaries, with at least 20 Counties affected. Some of the Counties where workers have already gone on strike include, Kisumu, Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot, Nakuru, with other Counties likely to be affected including Bungoma, Baringo, Kitui, Isiolo, among others.

However, some Counties have paid their workers, 23 in number and they include Nairobi, Kakamega, Kisii, Trans Nzoia, Migori, Makueni, Wajir, Nyamira, Nyandarua, Lamu, Kwale, Tana River, Garissa, Mandera, Kajiado, Turkana, Nandi, Bomet, Vihiga, Narok, Mombasa, Siaya and Kiambu. Governors have pointed fingers towards the revenue allocation stalemate between the Counties and national governments and there were already warning signs that services would be disrupted if the calls for more money to be allocated to the devolved units weren’t addressed.