Nassir: Speed up county funds release
Mombasa Governor Abdulswamand Nassir yesterday decried revenue share disbursement delays that have threatened to ground delivery of services to the public.
Nassir (right) confirmed that the county is yet to receive over Sh1.9 billion from Treasury as revenue share for the months of March, April and May.
The governor is now calling on the government to expedite the release of the resources to help counties manage operations. He said the government must demonstrate its good intentions to fund devolution.
“There is no plan the government has to give us money, because it’s not easy, there is no money to manage some of the affairs, but in Mombasa, we have stopped complaining and looking for alternative plans to manage situations,” Nassir told People Daily.
The first-time governor has however denied any crisis, saying his administration was working hard to ensure a smooth flow of services among them the distribution of medical equipment to health facilities and payment of salaries.
The governor said the county is forced to employ alternative ways to complement the gaps left by the biting cash crunch. Mombasa County has been struggling with a bloated wage bill since the last administration.
A similar situation is being experienced in Lamu, Kilifi, Kwale and Taita Taveta counties.