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Nairobi County staff assured of April salaries


Governor Evans Kidero has assured Nairobi City County employees that they will get their salaries for the month of April.

This even as the employees staged a demonstration on Monday ahead of a planned strike on Wednesday to demand the delayed salaries.

The employees marched from Milimani Court to the city center demanding that the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) reverses the funds they transferred to Kenya Revenue Authority over Sh 1billion to cater for arrears.

Speaking to Nairobi News, the Kenya County Government Workers Union, Nairobi Branch Chairperson Bernard Inyangala said City Hall officials have given them an assurance that the money will be availed by Tuesday failure to which they will down their tools on Wednesday.

But according to Dr Kidero, the county government struck a deal with both the National Government and the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) that will see the taxman revert back the Sh1.17 billion it had transferred from the county’s accounts as payment for a debt owed to it by the county.

Speaking to Nairobi News on Monday by phone, Governor Kidero said that he held a meeting with KRA commissioner general Mr John Njiraini and chief of staff and head of the public service Mr Joseph Kinyua and they agreed to have the money which was transferred from Nairobi County government accounts by CBK given back before the end of Monday so that they could pay their workers their April salaries.

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“We met today (Monday) morning with Mr Joseph Kinyua and Mr John Njiraini and agreed that they will revert back the money they took from our county government account before the end of today (Monday).

“We are now hopeful that we will finally pay our staff who have had to wait for this long to get their salaries for the month of April,” said Dr Kidero.

He said that going forward they had also agreed that they would do debts swoop with the government in a bid to avoid a similar scenario in the future.

“The government owes the county government Sh71 billion while the county government owes the national government Sh47 billion and we have come to an agreement that we do a debt swoop to avoid a similar situation as has been witnessed,” he said.

The governor also said that they only owed​ their staff arrears for the month of April and not any other month and called on the workers to report to work as usual.