Counties shut down as employees forced to take two weeks leave

Governor Wycliffe Oparanya. Photo: Courtesy

Starting tomorrow, all county services will be halted across the country as a result of Senators failing to pass the revenue sharing formula.

In a statement released on Wednesday by the Chairman of Council of Governors Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya, he stated that County Health facilities will not permit any new inpatient admissions.

“They will provide minimal outpatient services.” The statement read.

He also went on to state that All non-essential services are hereby suspended.

“County employees are advised to proceed on leave for two weeks.”

The statement went on to state that the Council will continue to push for the speedy release of County funds.

Wycliffe Oparanya said that county workers have not been paid for the past three months. The 47 counties are suffering as a result of lack of funds. The National Treasury has not released funds used for the daily running of the counties due to the stalemate.

Despite President Uhuru Kenyatta’s promise to allocate an extra 50 billion shillings in the next financial year to cushion counties that are losing funds, the Senators indecisiveness has cost the county delivery of services.

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