Governor of West Pokot, John Lonyangapuo on Thursday, literally caused drama, riding in a motorbike through his County in protest of the revenue division impasse.
Lonyangapuo together with several other officials were evidently seen in a video demonstrating while riding on the motorbikes through the county.
In his own words, The Governor quoted,
“County employees have not received their salaries from July and August. It is unfair to hear of workers striking in counties because of not being paid, despite having worked. An average of more than 3,000 workers in every county is suffering.
“The delay has greatly affected operations, with Health, Education, Water, Disaster Management & Public Works, County Public Service, and Procurement departments being the most affected,” he complained.
The delay by the National Treasury of West Pokot County to release funds for counties, because of the stalemate between the Senate and National Assembly, will lead to a major financial crisis in the region.
Activities in West Pokot county are at a halt. Including development projects in the county and workers are alleged to have not received their salaries for close to two months.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Wednesday during the launch of a multi-million County Assembly in Nakuru, maintained his ground that governors would not receive more money apart from the Ksh316 billion the National Assembly had allocated them.
The governors, together with senators, had been pushing for the allocation to be raised to Ksh335 billion, that the Commission on Revenue Allocation gave counties for the financial year 2019/2020.