A major financial crisis is looming in West Pokot County following delay by the National Treasury to release funds for counties.
Development projects in the county have stalled and workers have not been paid their salaries.
It is more than three months now and activities in the county have come to a halt.
|Governor Prof. John Lonyang'apuo addressing the county staff|
Area Governor Prof John Lonyangapuo has protested over delay in disbursement of quarterly release of funds saying it has crippled services and running of activities in the County.
He said the delay had greatly affected operations, with health, education bursaries, disaster management and public works, county public service and procurement being the most affected.
“We are not doing anything on the ground yet KRA is operating. We cannot buy drugs or pay for operations in our hospitals, and we are worried that our employees might down tools due to the delay to pay their salaries,” said Lonyangapuo.
|Education and Technical Education staff pose for a group photo with the governor|
He said development projects and payments to suppliers and contractors in the County may be put to hold due to a financial crisis.
Speaking during a meeting with County staff in Kapenguria, Prof Lonyangapuo cited that the repeat election should not affect operations in Counties.
“Presidential elections and politics should not affect working in counties,”he said.
The Governor blamed the national government for delayed disbursement of funds to County government which has greatly affected service delivery.
“We are facing a lot of pressure to offer critical services to residents due to lack of funds. We have not received funds the last three months which has made us unable to implement most of our projects,” he said.
The Governor warned National Government officers in the County over misuse of government resources. “They should change.” cited Lonyangapuo.
Prof Lonyangapuo issued a stern warning to county workers over engaging in corruption, laxity, absenteeism urging them to style up and follow the code of conduct and adhere to code dressing.
|From left sitted: Honourable Elijah Kasheusheu, Governor Prof. Lonyang'apuo and County Assembly staff|
“Politics are over and we need to work. Everyone must be in ties from 8.00 am -5 pm. We shall supply 5000 copies of code of conduct for workers,” he said.
He asked workers to read his manifesto to ensure service delivery to residents.
He asked workers to go to their respective work stations cautioning them on many seminars and inductions and trips outside the County.