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January 20, 2019

Release funds early to avoid huge pending bills - Meru deputy governor tells Treasury

Meru deputy governor Titus Ntochiu with a team from the Auditor General's office on Thursday, January 10, 2018 / DENNIS DIBONDO
Meru deputy governor Titus Ntochiu with a team from the Auditor General's office on Thursday, January 10, 2018 / DENNIS DIBONDO

Meru deputy governor Titus Ntochiu wants the National Treasury to ensure early release of funds to avoid huge pending bills.

Ntochiu said when Governor Kiraitu Murungi took office in September 2017, Sh3.2 billion had not been released by the Treasury.

“The release of Sh800 million per month is not enough to pay salaries, operational expenses and contractors," he said.

He spoke on Thursday after meeting a team from the Auditor General's office that had been in the county for the last two weeks due to pending bills.

The deputy governor said the Auditor General should make recommendations to the Treasury for early release of funds.

Read: Treasury CS explains delay in disbursement of funds to Counties 

Ntochiu said the late disbursement was a nationwide problem that affected developmental record in counties.

He said Meru county owed contractors and suppliers about Sh2 billion but insisted they will pay their pending bills as ordered by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Ntochiu said various contractors were asked to submit their claims and those who did their work will be paid their dues.

“Those who inflated costs will not be paid the amount they were quoting but only a standard amount that is recommendable,” Ntochiu said.

Read also: Cash crunch hits counties as funds delay 

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