Government to move to court to compel governors to clear pending bills

The government has said it will use legal measures to force Governors to pay their pending bills and accused the county bosses of playing politics and giving excuses as to why they don’t pay the bills.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi who is also the Chairperson of National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee made the comments on Wednesday, a few days after the High Court ordered the National Treasury to disburse all withheld funds.

Last week, the high court ordered the Treasury to release pending funds to county governments saying it will review compliance to the order by treasury on January 28th.

“Some small excuses are being given by some governors for not paying their bills. We are saying they must pay their bills. We have made a strong recommendation to the full cabinet that we will use all possible lawful means to ensure governors pay their bills. “It is not fair to treat our people in the manner they are being treated in the counties.” Matiangi warned.

He defended the national government from claims by governors that it has refused to provide financial resources to counties saying, the Government has disbursed money, adding that some governors do not want to clear some of their bills because they were incurred by their predecessors.

35 counties yet to comply with the pending bills directive are yet to receive their equitable share, which The National Treasury is withholding. Matiangi said the national government had cleared Sh9bn in pending bills.