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October 18, 2017

Sonko litmus test as City Hall staff issue strike threat

The Nairobi City County Assembly as seen on August 15. /Isabel Wanjui
The Nairobi City County Assembly as seen on August 15. /Isabel Wanjui

Nairobi governor-elect Mike Sonko should brace himself for his first litmus test after City Hall employees threatened to down tools over unpaid salaries and issued a strike notice.  

The 13,000 workers say they have not received their July salaries  from a county whose wage bill per month stands at Sh1.3 billion.

The workers, under the umbrella of the Kenya County Government Workers Union,  on Friday said they will protest outside City Hall from Monday if they will not have received their dues by Sunday evening.

“We are tired of this administration. Every month we receive our salaries very late,” branch secretary Boniface Waweru said. Waweru, however, said the county has promised to pay up before Monday. County secretary Robert did not answer our calls when reached for comment. Last month, the workers received their June salaries on 20th after they downed their tools for three days. The city administration said the Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo’s delay to approve disbursement of funds from the Central Bank to the county’s account led to late payment. Odhiambo has denied the claim.





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