Nairobi News

HustleNews

Kidero issues warning to national govt over Sh62b debt

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero wants the national government to clear a Sh62 billion debt owed to City Hall.

The Department of Defence is the highest defaulter in payment of contribution in lieu of rates, owing Sh60.17 billion.

The Judiciary has a debt of Sh93.87 million, Kenya Industrial Research and Development (Sh67 million), Police service (Sh65.6 million) and the Office of the President (Sh63.91 million).

A document seen by the Nairobi News also shows that ministries have defaulted in the contributions and parking fees.

CLOSE ENTRANCES

The county boss has threatened to close entrances to government offices if they do not clear debts.

“The county government notifies the national government that it will escalate this demand to the next level unless the said amounts, including fees on reserved parking are received,” the statement said.

Parliament Service Commission has a Sh48.67 million debt to the devolved unit, Government Press (Sh39.44 million) while Transport ministry owes City Hall Sh34.65 million.

Moi Air Base, Eastleigh has a debt of Sh44.75 million, Karen Miotoni Lane (Sh793,750), Kangundo Road (Sh540,070), Runda Estate (Sh300,050), Department of Defence headquarters (Sh21.348 million), DOD Waiyaki Way (5.86 million), Kahawa Barracks (Sh2.694 million) and Embakasi Garrison (Sh89.633 million.

PARKING FEES DEBT

On reserved parking debt by the national government is 390.94 million, with the Deputy President’s office on Harambee Avenue having the highest amount at Sh125.78 million, followed by Police Service (Sh70 million), Kenya Revenue Authority (Sh45.8 million) and Central Bank of Kenya (Sh48.76 million).

Addressing Jua Kali artisans at Charter Hall on Thursday, Mr Kidero said: “If the government paid a fraction of the money owed to us, even artisans will benefit a lot,” he said.

A senior devolved government official said they would block entrances to offices, which will begin next week and the first “casualty will be Parliament”.