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DELAYED BUDGET

Nandi County Assembly blocks budget speech over salaries

MCA's have been in loggerheads with the Nandi executive for sometimes over unexplained

In Summary

• Nandi Finance CEC Alfred Lagat ejected out of the chambers as he prepared to present the 2020/2021 budget speech.

Nandi Finance CEC Alfred Lagat after he was ejected out of the assembly
Nandi Finance CEC Alfred Lagat after he was ejected out of the assembly
Image: Barry Salil

The presentation of budget estimates for the financial year 2020/2021 in Nandi County was unceremoniously disrupted and  Finance CEC ejected out of the chambers.

CEC Alfred Lagat unable to present the county budget of Sh7.3 billion to the assembly.

Instead of budget reading, Nandi Hills MCA Gedion Koech and his nominated counterpart Theresa Maiyo  and Kipkirui Chepkwony tabled a motion seeking to  adjourned the budget reading to a later date.

The MCAs said that they will mot allow budget ti be read to them when their salaries have delayed.

They also said that there are pending bills and stalled projects which have to be completed before the budget is presented.

Koech told the assembly that it was of no use for the county government to table estimates when healthcare workers were either on go-slow or strike over May and June 2020 salaries.

He pleaded with the representatives to instead adjourn the budget speech and address burning issues among them perennial salaries delays for the county employees.

“Speaker, even some of us have had their rented apartments closed down by land lords due to none payment of monthly rent…we cannot seat here to listen the budget speech,”Koech said.

He added that  “lets address the current problems affecting all of us before we listen to the budgets whose impact is yet to be felt."

County representatives Fred Kipkemboi and Osborn Komen protesting outside the assembly in Kapsabet.
County representatives Fred Kipkemboi and Osborn Komen protesting outside the assembly in Kapsabet.
Image: Barry Salil

The motion to adjourn was seconded by Maiyo who demanded that the County Secretary Francis Sang and the Finance CEC appear before them on Thursday.

Speaker Joshua Kiptoo ruled that the matter to adjourn must receive the majority node before being adopted and during the vote, it was unanimously endorsed.

 

The speaker asked the sergeant-at-arms to escort the CEC out of the chambers.

It was the first time for such occurrence with majority whip David Koech saying it had become increasingly difficult for them to discharge their duties at the ward levels.

“At such a time of Covid-19, everybody was stressed and more so our health workers who are already on a go slow with services completely interfered with,” Koech said.