Treasury to release Sh65 billion to pay pending bills by end of the month

Treasury will release Sh65 billion to pay pending bills by end of the month in an Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council meeting chaired by Deputy President William Ruto.

Addressing the press at his Karen Office  today in the company of Council of Governors, Dr Ruto said Treasury was on the final process of releasing the cash.

However, he said suppliers whose payments have been flagged as ineligible by the Auditor General will have their issues heard and addressed by a special appeal committee in every county.

The Deputy President said the development was in tandem with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive on Madaraka Day that called for national and county governments to honour their obligations before the end of June.

The meeting that was attended by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, Auditor-General Edward Ouko, Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo, Council of Governors Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Governors Wycliffe Wangamati (Bungoma), Ferdinand Waititu (Kiambu), Amason Kingi (Kilifi), Samwel Tunai (Narok), Mutahi Kahiga (Nyeri), Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia) and Ndiritu Muriithi (Laikipia).

The meeting further agreed to discuss the collapsed talks between the National Assembly and the Senate for shareable revenues to counties on Monday.

“Legally, we have to start afresh. However, we have taken the initiative to progress under the guidance of the Deputy President,” said Mr Oparanya, who added that counties are under pressure to finalise their budgets by the end of the month.

The meeting on Monday will also be attended by Speakers of both Houses and the Parliamentary leadership.