workshop on pending bills
The Principal Secretary ministry of Devolution Mr. Julius Korir today officially opened a two day workshop on pending bills (pension) inherited from the defunct Local Authorities organinized by CPF, inconjuction with IGRTC for County Governments.
The workshop is seeking to provide settlement mechanisms to the Ksh 48.2b bills that have been outstanding for over 9 years as directed by the IBEC in May 2022. In his remarks, the PS noted that counties have prioritized payment of current bills and ignored the inherited ones. He said that an interagency committee has been put up to engage both levels of Government & Stakeholders to come up with solutions that will be documented as part of the handing over reports during transition after 9th August 2022.
In her remarks, Thematic chair of Assets and Liabilities, Mrs Angeline Hongo said IGRTC undertook the identification and validation of the assets & Liabilities of the defunct Local Authorities and compiled this data into a consolidated report that outlined the various settlement options for counties. She urged the counties to utilize the documents and settle the Liabilities to ease the suffering creditors and citizens.
On his part, CPF General Managing Director Mr Hosea Kili appreciated IGRTC for organizing the workshop saying it goes a long way in providing the ultimate solutions to pension remittance. Kili said that intergovernmental relations is a crucial pillar and CPF hoped the session will guide the journey to settle the bills today and after Elections.
The chair of the CECM finance caucus Mr Mathew Babwoya on his part said that 24 counties have made efforts to settle the pending bills and will continue to ensure payments are finalized. The chair also urged the national government to fast track the payment of the debts in lieu of rates owed to counties to have it form part of the settlement option. He reiterated that counties are committed to ensure amicable solutions are reached under better fiscal conditions.
IGRTC chair Kithinji Kiragu emphasized the importance of pension remittance towards retiring employees renumeration. He urged the county CECMs to ensure they put in place mechanisms for posterity to ensure compliance by subsequent office holders.
The forum that’s bringing together CECMs of finance and internal auditors across all the 47 counties, CPF team and Representatives of the Office of Controller of Budget, Commission on Revenue Allocation, National Treasury, Retirement Benefits Authority and office of the auditor general is seeking to draw a roadmap that will see the Liabilities matter put to rest.
IGRTC Members present include Vice chair Saadia Kontoma, Angeline Hongo, Wilson Pere, John Burugu, Linet Mavu and Alice Mayaka, while the Technical team is led by Ag CEO Agnes Ndwiga.