Kisumu County yet to pay workers’ July salaries

Public officers at the Kisumu County government are yet to receive their July salaries.

According to a memo by Chief Finance Officer, Erick Angwenyi Orangi, the problem has been occasioned by delay attributed to the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS).

We are in the process of uploading the budget for the financial year 2019/2019, he said in the letter copied to the County Secretary Charles Onudi, County Executive member for Finance, Nerry Achar and Director of Human resource among other officials.

Orangi was not able to state when the workers would be paid, only, saying that payment would only be done once the process of uploading the budget is completed.

As soon as the process is complete and the system is operating, payment will be done, he said in the August 8, 2018 memo.

Morale has remained low among the workers since the beginning of this month after word went round that the county did have funds for July salaries.

Matters have been made worse as the staff expected to travel this Sunday to Kisii County for the 6th Edition of the Kenya Inter-county Sports and Cultural Association sports extravaganza had been told to make their own arrangements for upkeep.

The Controller of Budget, Agnes Odhiambo in her report last month raised concern about Kisumu county wage bill that has increased by 16 percent yet revenues dropped by 25 percent.

Of concern also was Governor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o’s increased expenditure on foreign trips with Sh.168 million spent of foreign trips in the first nine months alone.

Source: Kenya News Agency