Governors face eviction over Sh20 million rent arrears

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The CoG offices at Delta Corner in Westlands are maintained through remittances made by each of the 47 counties.

However, Auditor General Edward Ouko noted in his report for the financial year ended June 2017, that most of the counties have not made their contributions hence the secretariat has been unable to pay rent amounting to Sh19.37 million.

Ouko warned that the Nairobi offices risked being closed or result in legal action by the landlord.

“The failure to collect budgeted receipts from the county governments while the planned activities are undertaken would adversely affect the continued operation of the council and financial sustainability of the secretariat.

“In the circumstances, the secretariat being the tenant faces eviction and possibility of litigation,” Ouko’s report read in part.

The secretariat offices not only accommodate staff working for the Council of Governors, but they are also used by the county bosses whenever they have official engagements in Nairobi.

In 2016, Governors held a meeting and agreed that each county was to contribute Sh12.5 million and Sh2 million towards inter-governmental and devolution conferences respectively.

Unfortunately, as the Auditor General reported, out of the total expected revenue of Sh681.5 million, only Sh290.2 million was received and only one county fully honoured its remittance.

A whopping 20 counties did not contribute a single cent towards the council operations.

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