Ki­tui not fac­ing a cash crunch, pays salaries – of­fi­cial

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Eastern/northeastern - MA­LI­CIOUS RE­PORT?

The Ki­tui gov­ern­ment has de­nied claims it faces a fi­nan­cial crunch and has de­layed pay­ment of salaries for three months.

Head of com­mu­ni­ca­tions Mun­yasya Musya cir­cu­lated an email to jour­nal­ists deny­ing the Stan­dard news­pa­per re­port that ap­peared on Tues­day last week.

He termed the re­port “wild, base­less, ma­li­cious and de­void of pro­fes­sion­al­ism”.

“Such claims should not come from a lead­ing news­pa­per in Kenya that is sup­posed to up­hold pro­fes­sion­al­ism and the car­di­nal prin­ci­ples of jour­nal­ism – truth, ac­cu­racy, fair­ness and ob­jec­tiv­ity,” Musya said.

He said the Ki­tui gov­ern­ment has de­manded a re­trac­tion of the ar­ti­cle and sub­se­quent pub­li­ca­tion of an “un­equiv­o­cal apol­ogy”.

“In clearly false as­ser­tions, the re­port claims that a show­down looms be­tween the county gov­ern­ment and its em­ploy­ees. This is clearly aimed at pit­ting the county gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees against their em­ployer through the cre­ation of un­nec­es­sary anx­i­ety and pro­jec­tion of nonex­is­tent un­rest,” Musya said. He said the county pays salaries on time.

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