By JOSEPH OJWANG.
Kisumu County employees marched to the County Assembly after the House adjourned without passing the 2019/2020 financial year budget.
The workers who were camping at Prosperity House, the seat of Governor Anyang Nyong’o administration, broke into solidarity songs as they marched to the Assembly.
Speaker Onyango Oloo who addressed the workers gave them a glimmer of hope when he announced that a Special Sitting will be convened next week to authorize vote on accounts so that salaries can be paid.
Oloo explained to the striking workers why the Assembly has been unable to pass this financial year budget.
He says the Assembly demanded some documentation from the executive to allow them pass a budget that is responsive to the needs of the electorates.
The Speaker says the Assembly received a budget from the executive that had no opening balance noting that last financial year there was a budget of Sh. 10 billion.
He further noted that the Assembly on Tuesday this week passed a motion to impeach finance CeC Nerry Achar and bar him from holding any position in the cabinet.
Kenya County Governments Workers Union Kisumu branch secretary Rashid Ondu who led the protest to the Assembly says from May this year a number of workers have not been paid full salaries.
Ondu reported that the County Government told them that the Assembly had declined to pass the budget thus occasioning the delay.
Oloo further called for action to be taken against those who failed to release salary in full to the workers for the months of May and June.