Siaya municipal council employees who were inherited by the county government are yet to be paid their four-month salaries after they were absorbed into the new administration.
It has emerged that Siaya government returned Sh80 million to the National Treasury at the closure of the financial year. Close to 17 workers deployed to county dockets said they suspect the move is a ploy by Transitional Authority to sabotage operations at the governor's office.
They said they believe that top county government officials were seconded by the TA. A representative of the workers who requested anonymity said meetings have been held between the Governor and top Transitional Authority officials in the county to resolve the issue have been futile. "The officials have been giving assurance that the salaries will be paid but renege," said the worker.
He said it is demoralising to pay some employees and leave others yet they are all performing their duties. The worker said that the affected workers were given appointment letters signed by the interim county secretary, Caleb Ongoma.
He said they are unable to pay of rent and school fees for their children and meet other financial obligations as they do not have money. The chairman of the implementation committee Leonard Oriaro asked why the workers had not been paid yet the county returned the money to the Treasury.
"We have many projects and programmes that requires funding. I do not understand why the chief officers seconded from the Transition Authority could not come up with a supplementary budget to enable us undertake some of the most urgent projects" Oriaro said.
The county chief finance officer Philip Sang however said the refund was as per the requirements of the Public Finance Bill. He said that the county's infrastructure was pathetic while the representatives have no offices to operate from, something would have been alleviated had the money been put into proper use.