Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has sent a passionate plea to President Uhuru Kenyatta to meet with the Governors to help solve cash crises facing counties following division of revenue stalemate.
Addressing the press in Nambale after attending the third anniversary memorial service for the former Busia County Public Service Board chair Agneta Akhaabi on Tuesday, Ojaamong said the meeting is crucial in ensuring that counties run smoothly.
“Some people are telling the President not to meet us. As Governors we shall provide a solution to the current stalemate and exploit various avenues on how the budget deficit can be found to bridge the gap,” he said.
He said the President holds the key to ending the challenges faced by counties including unpaid salaries and many activities coming to a standstill.
The Governor said his Government has managed to pay workers their July salary from the funds which were rolled over from the previous financial year.
Ojaamong said the cash crunch has hit health institutions leading to the shortage of reagents and drugs, arguing that should the situation persist then they will be forced to suspend other services in the county.
On July 25, President Uhuru Kenyatta dismissed call by governor and senators for more revenue allocation to counties saying the government has no money.
President Kenyatta asked the counties leaders to utilize what they have and curb corruption in counties instead of demanding for more funds.
By Salome Alwanda