Nairobi County Gov’t given go ahead to pay genuine pending bills


Nairobi County Gov't given go ahead to pay genuine pending bills
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko appearing before the Senate County Public Investment Committee on Monday, December 3, 2018. PHOTO| MIKE SONKO| FACEBOOK

In Summary

  • EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak, in a letter the County Secretary on Wednesday, said the decision was arrived upon realization that the ongoing graft probe against Governor Mike Sonko "will take longer that earlier anticipated."

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has given the Nairobi County government the green light to pay genuine pending bills to avoid inconveniencing contractors and suppliers.

EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak, in a letter the County Secretary on Wednesday, said the decision was arrived at upon realization that the ongoing graft probe against Governor Mike Sonko “will take longer than earlier anticipated.”

“In that regard, we are of the view that the County Government can pay the genuine supplies and contractors in line with existing laws and regulations on Public Finance Management,” said Mr. Mbarak.

The graft watchdog boss further warned the County Secretary to exercise due diligence when making the payments as they will be personally held responsible for any losses incurred during the process.

“In the meantime, the Commission will closely monitor Pending Bills payment by the Nairobi County Government and take any action where necessary in accordance with it’s mandate,” he added.

The EACC had earlier raised a red flag, asking the National Treasury to halt payment of pending bills by the Nairobi Couny Government to allow determination of authenticity of some of those already made.

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