Oparanya urges Treasury to release County funds immediately, says workers have suffered

Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya. Photo/courtesy

Kakamega Governor and Council of Governors chairperson Wycliffe Oparanya has urged the Treasury to release funds to Counties immediately, after the Senate approved the Third Basis for revenue allocation formula. The revenue allocation impasse that had dragged for months had stalled operations in Counties, with the devolved units operating without funds. On Wednesday, the Council of Governors announced non essential operations at Counties wouk be suspended ahead of a shutdown on Thursday. However, Senators agreed on a formula on Thursday evening, after a 12-member committee led by Senators Moses Wetangula and Johnson Sakaja formed to draft a best solution to the stalemate settled on a win-win formula.

Speaking in Bungoma County, Oparanya said a possible shutdown in Counties has been called off as a result, “After consultations, we have now lifted the shutdown we had 2 days ago. Counties can now continue with their tasks.” He said the Treasury and Controller of Budgets should release money to County governments immediately, “….because I know most Kenyans working in Counties have suffered during these three months we’ve had a stalemate.”

He lauded fellow Governors for standing firm when the impasse threatened County operations, “It has been a very bad experience and it’s not the first time. Every financial year, we have the same problem.” He recounted how Senators hit out at him over the CoG decision to shut down Counties, saying he can’t compromise his stance, “What they said made me stronger. I will not be afraid of discharging my duty because someone has spoken ill of me,” he said.