By JOSEPH OJWANG.
Kisumu County employees will have to wait longer for their July salary after County Assembly failed to pass the budget.
The Assembly had gazetted Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the impeachment of finance CeC Nerry Achar and to pass the 2019/2020 financial year budget.
The impeachment motion was debated upon and passed yesterday and the MCAs had convened today to pass the long awaited budget.
However, the MCAs were shocked to learn that the budget document was not ready forcing the Assembly to adjourn to September.
The temporary Speaker Victor Rodgers announced that the Assembly stands adjourned since the budget document was not ready.
Nominated MCA Jennifer Obonyo says county employees are currently striking since their salaries are delayed and wondered why budget process was shelved again.
Obonyo says the budget chairlady told the House that there is a delay since some MCAs had not furnished the committee with projects.
She says the county is now at a standstill due to the budget stalemate and blamed a clique of MCAs for frustrating the budget making process.
Kaloleni/Shauri Moyo ward MCA Prisca Misachi says failure to pass the budget will derail service delivery to the people of Kisumu.
Misachi says MCAs who are representatives of the people have failed the electorates since they have not bothered about passing the budget.
An MCA who spoke to Dala FM on condition of anonymity says the budget is ready but they are holding it until Governor Nyong’o acts on the resolution of the House that impeached finance CeC Achar.
The source says MCAs are ready to convene a Special Sitting any day before the resumption date only if Nyong’o appoints a substantive finance CeC.
Contractors and suppliers in the county are still waiting for payments with most supplies in hospitals bound to be affected as suppliers kept off due to lack of payments.