CoG suspends non-essential services, orders employees to proceed on leave
The Council of Governors (CoG) chaired by Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oranya has ordered all Counties to send their staff home due to the unending stalemate debate on the revenue division formula.
September 16 marks a final day the CoG had warned of paralyzing County operations, and has ordered all non-essential service workers to go home.
“All non-essential services are hereby suspended and County employees are advised to proceed on leave for two weeks.” Said CoG.
“Due to the ongoing stalemate on funds flow County Governments have no choice but to proceed to shutdown and suspend all non-essential services.”
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that has overwhelmed the health sector, the COG said inpatient admissions shall not be undertaken at County health facilities.
“County Health services will not permit any inpatient admissions. They will only provide minimal outpatient services.”
Mr. Oparanya said Counties are struggling to pay salaries of their employees.
Revenue formula standoff
The Senate has for the tenth time failed to reach a consensus on the best formula to share revenue among counties.
The failure was against President Uhuru Kenyatta ponder when he intervened and promised to add Ksh.50 billion in the next financial year to cushion counties that were losing money through the implementation of the third basis revenue sharing formula.
The senators tasked the 12-member committee chaired by Bungoma Senator Moses Wetagula and his Nairobi counterpart Johnson Sakaja to interrogate the proposals and present a motion to the Senate for debate on Tuesday next week.
“Our issue has been the money, and money has now been provided, and our stand has always been that no county loses any money, now the committee must make sure that happens. We now need to do simulations and bring a motion to the Senate that will be passed,” said Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr.