50 con­trac­tors, sup­pli­ers storm as­sem­bly, de­mand pay­ments

Ny­eri PAC chair­man Baragu Mu­tahi asked why they never de­manded their money for three years, yet the as­sem­bly has passed a bud­get ev­ery fi­nan­cial year

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - WAMBUGU KANYI @TheS­tarKenya

Fifty con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers on Tues­day stormed the Ny­eri county as­sem­bly, de­mand­ing Sh750 mil­lion owed them.

They de­manded MCAs pass the county’s bud­get and clear the debt. They said they have worked for and sup­plied goods to the county gov­ern­ment for three years with­out pay.

The county as­sem­bly and the gov­ern­ment are locked in a stale­mate over the Sh6.4 bil­lion bud­get for 2016-17. The gov­ern­ment was al­lowed to spend half of the money bud­geted af­ter the Con­troller of Bud­get in­ter­vened.

Con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive James Ndegwa said their prop­erty has been auc­tioned by lenders.

“We came here be­cause the ex­pla­na­tion be­ing of­fered by the county gov­ern­ment for fail­ure to hon­our pay­ments is that the county has run out of funds, as the county as­sem­bly has failed, ne­glected and re­fused to pass the bud­get,” he said.

AD­VISED TO SUE

Ndegwa, who was ac­com­pa­nied by Zack Ireri among oth­ers, said the huge debt has stalled the Ny­eri econ­omy and ac­tiv­i­ties.

But Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee chair­man Baragu Mu­tahi asked why they never de­manded their money for three years, though the as­sem­bly has passed a bud­get ev­ery fi­nan­cial year.

“Who­ever ad­vised you to come here fooled you, which is a big shame be­cause all the money you are de­mand­ing was paid dur­ing the pre­vi­ous bud­gets. We did our work and so the county gov­ern­ment should clear all your bills. The only bud­get with a stale­mate is this year’s,” he said.

Deputy speaker Joel Gichuru ad­vised the con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers to sue the gov­ern­ment.

/HEZRON NJOROGE

Ny­eri Gov­er­nor Nder­itu Gach­agua and Deputy Gov­er­nor Sa­muel Wa­mathai ar­rive in Par­lia­ment when the gov­er­nor ap­peared be­fore the Se­nate over al­le­ga­tions of abuse of of­fice, cor­rup­tion and gross vi­o­la­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion in pro­cure­ment on Septem­ber 13. The Se­nate did not im­peach him

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