Kenya: Counties Come to Halt as Governors Declare Shut Down Over Funds

16 September 2020

Governors have shut down operations in counties over lack of funds.

Council of Governors (CoG) chair Wycliffe Oparanya said in a statement Tuesday that because of the ongoing stalemate on funds flow, county governments have no choice but to proceed to shut down and suspend all non-essential services.

"All non-essential services are hereby suspended and county employees are advised to proceed on leave for two weeks," Mr Oparanya said.

He further said that county hospitals will not offer inpatient services but will provide minimal outpatient care.

Last week, the Kakamega governor warned that county government services will not be available as all county employees will be released to proceed on leave until an amicable solution on the revenue allocation formula is reached.

He said counties were going through tough times and are unable to effectively discharge their functions and general operations including implementation of development projects and payment of salaries to county staff especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"We express our discontent with Senate's failure to build consensus on the third generation formula which has consequently delayed the approval of the County Allocation of Revenue Act, 2020. This is tantamount to killing devolution similar to what happened in 1964," he said.

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