It is a relief to county governments after the National Treasury on Wednesday disbursed KSh24.6 billion.
Treasury released the funds to the 47 devolved units as part of the Equitable Share.
Treasury CS Ukuru Yatani has called upon county governors to make full and timely use of the funds, advising them to prioritise settling pending bills to suppliers and any statutory dues.
This, CS Yatani says, will enable concerned institutions discharge their mandates to the counties effectively.
“Treasury will prioritise disbursements to county governments, noting their critical obligations of service delivery to the Kenyan citizens.
“The total balances for the various county government now held at CBK amount to Sh61.4 billion, and in this respect, we once again appeal to them to make full and timely use of these funds, as additional disbursements from the exchequer are made in due course,” said CS Yatani.
This, however, differs with the Council of Governors Chairperson Wycliffe Oparanya who said that the balances CS Yatani says are lying at CBK are already committed for ongoing and unfinished projects in counties.
The Kakamega governor had insisted that counties will not pay the striking health workers because “they don’t have the financial capacity to meet their demands.”