The Council of Governors (CoG) has ordered all county governments to send their staff on leave for two weeks and suspend non-essential services. This comes after the Senate for the 10th time on Tuesday failed to reach a consensus on the best formula to share revenue among counties.
CoG Chairman and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, in a statement released on Wednesday stated that county health facilities will henceforth not permit any new inpatient admissions, further that they will only provide minimal outpatient services.
“…all County Governments are advised to issue necessary notices as follows: County Health Facilities will not permit any new inpatient admissions. They will only provide minimal outpatient services,” he stated.
“All non-essential services are hereby suspended and County employees are advised to proceed on leave for two (2) weeks. In the meantime, the Council will continue to push for the speedy release of County funds.
Oparanya however thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for committing to increase county allocation by Ksh.50 billion in the next financial year.
Oparanya further added: “In this regard, if the situation persists, effective Thursday September 17, 2020 counties will have no choice but to shut down. Therefore, all county government services will not be available in the counties. Consequently, we shall release all county employees to proceed on leave until an amicable solution on the issue is reached.”