The Tana River County assembly has adopted a motion to allocate half of the county development budget to settle pending bills amounting to more than Sh. 3.9billion.

The county has an outstanding amount of Sh. 3,981,846,460.07 as pending bills accrued between 2017 and 2022 up from 900,000,000 between 2013 and 2017.

The MCA of Hirimani ward, Mr. Ismael Kodobo tabled the motion that received overwhelming support from MCAs.

The current development budget is Sh. 2.1billion meaning that more than one billion shillings will be channeled to pay suppliers.

Mr. Kodobo said that the assembly had been allocating funds to settle pending bills to a tune of Sh. 5billion in the last four years but the bills have continued to rise.

He added that some of the pending bills date back to 2014 and contractors and suppliers were running into debts after taking loans to fund the various projects in the county.

The MCAs also adopted a report to reject three County Executive Committee Members forwarded to the assembly for vetting saying that the law was not followed when Governor Dhadho Godhana appointed them.

They include Ismael Jilo Algi nominee for Water, Joshua Kofa Jara nominee for Environment and Abdula Hanti Kanchora nominee Public Service.

By Treeza Auma

Treeza Auma is a Digital Content Producer and founder of KTMN She is also Television journalist at Kenya News Agency and Leadership Accelerator at Women in News.

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