The counties can now have a sigh of relief after the latest National government decision.
This is after the National Treasury finally disbursed Sh31.45 billion to counties following a threat from governors to shut down the devolved units.
Council of Governors (CoG) chairperson Anne Waiguru said the February funds were released after they issued a strike notice last week.
Waiguru, who spoke yesterday at the CoG headquarters in Nairobi, however, said the national government still owes counties Sh29.6 billion for March.
Waiguru said the council also agreed with the Treasury that disbursements for May and June be issued by the first two weeks of June to allow counties to absorb the resources within the financial year.
At the same time, Waiguru said CoG had formed a 10-member team to engage President William Ruto and Opposition leader Raila Odinga with the aim of ending the ongoing political standoff. “The Council of Governors prides itself in being a non-partisan institution that speaks in one voice,” said Waiguru.
Meanwhile, here are news stories making headlines on Opera News today;
MPs move to halt retirements benefits to Uhuru, Kalonzo and Raila
Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka could soon start repaying the Sh844 million they have so far received as retirement benefits after a section of lawmakers yesterday said they had initiated plans to have them refund the millions.
Six MPs allied to President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Coalition said the leaders do not deserve the benefits as they are currently involved in politics including taking part in the ongoing Azimio La Umoja demonstrations.
Top Raila’s Ally Reacts After Chebukati’s Wife Was Shortlisted To Attend KRA Chairperson Interview
Former IEBC Chairman’s wife Wafula Chebukati Mary Wanyonyi was allegedly listed among the candidates who are eligible to attend the interview for chairperson of the commission of revenue allocation.
The Public Service highlighted the following, “Pursuant to the provisions of Article 215 of the constitution of Kenya 2010 and the Commission of Revenue Allocation Act 2011, the Public Service Commission invited applications from suitably qualified persons for the position of the chairperson of the commission of Revenue allocation.”
Husband Of Ex-Powerful Kibaki Minister Nominated For Central Bank Governor Post
Former Central Bank Deputy Governor Dr Edward Sambili could soon make a comeback in the public service after being nominated to succeed Dr Patrick Njoroge as CBK boss.
Dr Sambili, a one-time powerful technocrat during the reign of former President Mwai Kibaki, served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Planning and Vision 2030 during the Grand Coalition Government.
At one point, he also served as Central Bank Deputy Governor until his appointment as a PS by Kibaki.
After the exit of Kibaki from power, he was appointed the immediate former President Uhuru Kenyatta as Kenya Revenue Authority board chairperson. However, in 2018, the entire KRA board was fired, leaving Dr Sambili in the cold.