Nairobi, 28th October, 2022
Nairobi Governor Sakaja Johnson, has promised that his administration will audit all bills and have shared a plan on how to resolve the liabilities.
The Governor was speaking when he met with suppliers and contractors who have not been paid since as far back as 2016.
Said Governor Sakaja, “The Government works in perpetuity so I still take up the debts incurred by the previous Government but I believe in business and support any development done for the good of the people of Nairobi. I was the one who tabled the bill on 30% support for women and youth and also prompt payment bill when I was in senate”.
Said Governor Sakaja, “It’s truly an injustice to contract someone without the budget to pay them. Some have been auctioned and lost property.”
Governor Sakaja and Deputy Governor James Muchiri met with contractors related to Ward Development Programme Projects.
The Governor appreciated work done by contractors and assured them of their payment provided all the documents and work done is verified.
Governor Sakaja noted with concern the ward development programme pending bills and of some work done in 2016 that haven’t been paid out yet but assured the contractors once their documentation are verified by the County’s’ internal audit, they would be paid promptly. He however urged the contractors who hadn’t finished their projects to finalize so that they are paid their dues in full.
Said Governor Sakaja “When we joined the County Government, the city was filthy but after consultations with garbage contractors who were willing to clear the garbage even though the county still owed them and their banking on our goodwill, has enabled us collect close to 82,000 tonnes of garbage monthly and we were able to pay them.”
Governor Sakaja said any payment done to the County will be cashless because the county is digitizing more than 130 revenue streams.
Deputy Governor James Muchiri said that even though they are a new government and a new administration, they intend to keep the promises made to those who work for the County and for those who deliver services to the county. He assured the contractors going forward, the County would work in a professional manner and will meet their obligations.
In attendance was County Executive Committee Member for Finance and Economic Planning, Larry Wambua and Chief Executive Officer, Ward Development Programme Josephine Kithu.