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County Assembly sets aside Sh650 million to clear pending bills

Embu County Assembly has set aside Sh650 million to clear pending bills which currently stand at Sh1.3 billion

While speaking to the press in his office, Steve Munene, Deputy Speaker and chairman liaison committee which did the supplementary budget, said the assembly has approved for payment of only Sh650 pending bills after scrutinising them.

“After scrutinising the pending bills, we found some were manually generated while others were without supply document and no delivery notes, hence we did not approve for their payment. That means pending bills amounting to over Sh600 million will not be paid,” Munene observed.

The deputy speaker said he expected this to generate some noise from those affected, but he however noted that work must be done to the standard as expected.

He warned the contractors to be keen this time round for there would be no payment for work done without first passing through the staff on the ground who will ascertain the work status.

“Staff will be on the ground with copies of bills of quantity to ascertain work has been done to the specific before certificate of completion is signed for payment,” he added.

He also noted that companies and contractors who would do poor jobs would be blacklisted, adding that as an oversight entity, the assembly expected value for money for taxpayers.

The deputy speakers also revealed that the liaison committee had approved some finances for construction of an assembly complex for offices, instead of spending over Sh6 million annually for renting offices.

The County Assembly yesterday approved a Sh6.7 Billion supplementary budget for the next three months, which will focus on key priority  areas; Sh100 million as enhanced salaries and CBA agreement for nurses, Sh103 million for bursary allocation and Sh58 million for water in lower regions of Embu among others.

By Kimani Tirus

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