Kenya: Tharaka-Nithi Governor Says Senators Sabotaging Counties By Preventing Release of Funds

Tharaka-Nithi Governor Samuel Ragwa has accused senators of failing to approve the schedule for the disbandment of cash to the counties for the current financial year saying this has caused a crisis for the county governments.

Mr Ragwa criticised senators who failed to hold a special sitting last Friday to approve the schedule, saying this was sabotaging the running of counties.

Cord senators boycotted a special session called to approve the funds for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Addressing journalists in Chuka Town on Monday, Mr Ragwa claimed that senators had intentionally delayed the disbursement of the finances to interrupt progress of counties.

He said the stalemate has led to delay in paying salaries resulting to strikes by county workers.

“The senators want to hear [there is] crisis in the counties so that they can accuse us of failing in management,” said Mr Ragwa.

Mr Ragwa said senators prevented counties from borrowing money from banks in case of such delays so that crises could recur.

He added that senators did not back governors because they are interested in running for the same positions in 2017.

He called on the Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki and Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro to speed up the process so that money could be released.

Already, nurses in Tharaka-Nithi are on strike following delayed payment of July salaries.

Source: The Nation.