No new projects till we’re paid 3 years’ dues - Mig­ori con­trac­tors

As­so­ci­a­tion says it pe­ti­tioned the county as­sem­bly, Sen­ate Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee and county sec­re­tary on Oc­to­ber 28 but back pay is not forth­com­ing

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - MANUEL ODENY @ManuelO­deny

Mig­ori County Con­trac­tors’ As­so­ci­a­tion has filed a pe­ti­tion to com­pel the county gov­ern­ment to pay them all their dues for the last three fi­nan­cial years.

The as­so­ci­a­tion wants the county stopped from launch­ing any other project un­til mem­bers are paid.

Chair­man Sam Otieno and sec­re­tary gen­eral God­ness Ou­cho sent the pe­ti­tion to the county as­sem­bly, Sen­ate Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee and Mig­ori sec­re­tary Christo­pher Ru­sana.

Speak­ing to the press in Mig­ori town on Monday, the of­fi­cials said the lo­cal as­sem­bly, led by Clerk Tom Opere, is yet to re­spond to the pe­ti­tion dated Oc­to­ber 28

“We re­quest the as­sem­bly to take the pe­ti­tion se­ri­ously to help us get paid be­fore the due date,” Ou­cho said.

“We have con­stantly been told all con­tracts have been paid by the county gov­ern­ment, yet our mem­bers still seek pay­ment for com­pleted projects. Some have fallen into de­pres­sion over the stale­mate.”

Some mem­bers com­plained of piece­meal pay­ments. They want clear com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the as­so­ci­a­tion and ac­count­ing of­fice.

“Ac­count­ing of­fi­cers from each de­part­ment should be em­pow­ered to deal with con­trac­tors di­rectly, in- stead of hav­ing one per­son pay us,” Ou­cho said.

Mig­ori Gover­nor as­pi­rant Anne Omodho Anyanga yes­ter­day urged the county to pay con­trac­tors, as money had been al­lo­cated for them.

“The projects were bud­geted for and the money al­lo­cated. If the funds were di­verted to per­sonal projects, we de­mand pay­ment be made be­fore any fur­ther project is un­der­taken,” she said.

Last month, 12 MCAs, led by South Sakwa’s Jared Osawa and North Ka­m­agambo’s Richard Solo, called on the ex­ec­u­tive to clear debts owed to sup­pli­ers and con­trac­tors. They said most sup­pli­ers wal­low in poverty, yet their money is with­held.

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