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Ugunja County government offices thrown into darkness

Services   at   the Ugunja County government offices have ground to a halt following the disconnection of power due to  unpaid bills.

According  to  workers  at  the  office, they  have  been  forced  to  operate  under  difficult circumstances following the disconnection  two weeks ago over a Sh.18,000 outstanding bill.

Speaking  to the Kenya News Agency on Tuesday, workers who chose to remain anonymous for fear of retribution by their  bosses said they have to rely on cyber cafes to perform crucial tasks and even photocopy sensitive documents.

They lamented that efforts to have their seniors sort out the matter has been futile, with the seniors equally pointing a  finger at the county headquarters.

“Ugunja  sub-county mints millions for the county government. The  toll  stations  along the Kisumu-Busia highway and  the markets  collect thousands of shillings daily and I cannot understand why a mere Sh.18, 000 bill  can  lead  to  the disconnection of power in the offices,” wondered a revenue collector.

A  source  at  the county headquarters said all the financial matters were being handled by the executive at the county headquarters and the sub counties are not issued with any cash to pay bills or procure services.

“There  is  nothing  that  the staff at the sub-counties can do as everything has been centralised at the headquarters,” said  a  dejected  staff, adding  that the field staff will have to wait for settlement of the bills, no matter how long it takes.

Contacted, Siaya County Director of Communications, Jerry  Williams  Ochieng  could  neither confirm  nor  deny  the  disconnection of power in their Ugunja offices.

By  Philip  Onyango

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