Kajiado governor, Joseph Lenku, has told county speaker Johnson Osoi to stop lamenting about non-payment of salaries for his MCAs, and instead seek a local solution.
Lenku, who spoke in Dalalekutuk ward, told Osoi his executive sought local solutions in sorting out staff salaries after the national treasury delayed in releasing the money to counties.
“Few counties made a local arrangement by talking to banks so that they could pay their workers. The speaker should have also done the same instead of lamenting in public,” said Lenku.
Osoi had said on Thursday last week that operations of the county assembly have been paralysed because of lack of funds, and that even the MCAs and staff had not been paid from June.
“Governor Lenku did not involve us in planning his scorecard ceremony but I was invited in the last minute. I did not go because that was his function. We cannot even move around because our cars have no fuel and insurance stickers,” lamented Osoi.
He claimed the MCAs cannot move from their houses to the assembly because they have no money, and that therefore all the operations including House committee tours cannot be made.
Lenku said it is a requirement for the national treasury to ensure monies have been released to the counties.
He used the occasion in Dalalekutuk to deny allegations he spent a whooping Sh22 million to showcase his two-year scorecard.
“We indeed paid local entertainers Sh100, 000 but haters multiplied the same to Sh22 million. Wherever they manufactured the lies remains strange to us. We made local arrangements for the tents as each department went out of their way to use the least resources for the occasion,” said Lenku.
He said those peddling lies about the money spent during the scorecard day on Friday are bent on malice and that they will not deter him from serving Kajiado.
“I am the only governor who go to the people and tell them how much we have worked for them. They want to feel devolution, and I have given them the ear,” said Lenku.
The occasion was attended by Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, representing the council of governors.