MCAs demand report on missing deductions

The county government in Trans Nzoia has been accused of not remitting deductions from MCAs and staff salaries to relevant agencies since the start of devolution.

The County Assembly wants the executive to explain why it has not been remitting the deductions for NHIF, NSSF and gratuity for MCAs as required, yet pay slips have been reflecting the deductions.

Nabiswa ward MCA Joel Milimo demanded that the executive officer in charge of finance furnishes the House with detailed information of what has been happening with the funds.

“We want to know if somebody somewhere is holding back these funds because we have received complaints that the remittances are not forwarded to the relevant agencies,” said Mr Milimo.

House speaker David Sifuna directed that Majority Leader Alfred Weswa to obtain a complete statement from finance executive officer Ken Simiyu regarding the matter in two weeks.

“A complete report of deductions on MCAs and all employees of both the executive and the assembly should be presented in two weeks time,” said Speaker Sifuna.

This comes at a time when the Kenya union of civil servants Trans Nzoia has accused the county government of disparity and delays in workers’ salaries terming the trend “worrying”.

The union’s executive secretary in Trans Nzoia Charles Atieli said some of the workers have been complaining of inconveniences owing to the delays.

“We are concerned with the disparities in payment and delays of salaries by the county government on its civil servants. This is affecting the morale of workers,” said Mr. Atieli.

He wondered why some employees in the same departments were earning more than their colleagues despite differences in academic qualification and rank.

“This salaries must be harmonized because some it beats logic that some are earning more than their colleagues even when they are from a lower job group,” he said.