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Oparanya warns of tough times ahead

Council of Governors Chair Wycliffe Oparanya

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya is warning employees in the counties to brace for hard times as the division of revenue bill stalemate continues.

Oparanya however said counties have tried putting in place measures to absorb the revenue crunch shortfall but this will only be short lived.

Speaking in Kericho the council of governor chairperson said all these were clear indication that there are forces out to kill devolution.

Speaking at Kericho Green Stadium during the kick-off of the 7th Kenya Inter Counties Sports and Cultural Association week, Oparanya said though counties are trying to ensure that employees get salaries, the measures in place are only short term and not sustainable.

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Opranya said it is not only the issues of salaries that have been affected but other services in the counties which include constitutional obligations like public participation.

Meanwhile, Kitui County Government employees have joined their colleagues in other counties to protest against unpaid July salaries.

The aggrieved workers, who marched to Governor Charity Ngilu’s office, vowed to paralyze public service delivery in all departments until their dues are paid.

Kenya County Government Workers Union (KCGWU)’s Kitui branch Secretary General Daisy Muli said they would only report back to work after their salaries reflect in their respective bank accounts.

“We have officially gone on strike until our July salaries are paid in full. We have instructed all unionists to vacate their work stations forthwith,” she announced.

Echoing her sentiments, the branch chairman Stephen Kitheka also urged the Council of Governors, the Senate and the National Assembly to swiftly resolve the ongoing standoff between the Senate and the National Assembly over revenue share to the counties.

The stalemate has led to serious cash crunch in over a dozen devolved units and consequently rendered them unable to pay July salaries.

While the Senate proposes that counties should get Sh335 billion from Treasury to run their affairs, the National Assembly has maintained that the figure should be trimmed down to Sh316 billion.

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