State to pay Sh64bn debt, fund­ing to end in 5 years

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nairobi -

“Just send me the bill for Sh64 bil­lion.”

That’s what Trea­sury CS Henry Rotich told Gov­er­nor Evans Kidero on Wednes­day, end­ing months of com­plaints about a dead­beat gov­ern­ment that hasn’t paid its bills for years.

“All you have to do is sub­mit the bill to my of­fice and we take it from there,” the CS said.

Some gov­ern­ment houses, in­clud­ing Vig­i­lance House, Haram­bee House and Par­lia­ment have not paid rates to City Hall for years. But there’s bad news: The Com­mis­sion on Rev­enue Al­lo­ca­tion plans to end al­lo­ca­tions to Nairobi county over five years.

“The county should not be still de­pen­dent on the ex­che­quer like other coun­ties,” CRA chair­man Micah Ch­e­serem said.

But Deputy Gov­er­nor Jonathan Mueke said the county should not be dis­crim­i­nated against be­cause it is the small­est in phys­i­cal size.

“We serve peo­ple not land. Nairobi has unique chal­lenges that should not be ig­nored. We house all the diplo­matic mis­sions in Kenya, the na­tional gov­ern­ment and 60 per cent of Kenya’s eco­nomic in­stal­la­tions and the re­gional hub,” Mueke said.

Ch­e­serem was re­spond­ing to Kidero, who had ques­tioned the cri­te­ria used by CRA. Kidero said the for­mula is un­fair and works to the county’s dis­ad­van­tage.

/JOSEPH NDUNDA

Devo­lu­tion CS Mwangi Ki­un­juri, CoB Agnes Odhiambo and Gov­er­nor Evans Kidero on Wednes­day

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