It is now official that Tana River County workers will have to wait longer for their November salary which by law they ought have received by 27th of the Month.
A circular issued by the office of the County Secretary has clarified that the delay has been caused by the crisis emanating from filling the vacancy of the office of the Controller of Budget.
The office of the Controller of Budget fell vacant after the exit of Agnes Odhiambo who has been the first Controller of Budget sworn in on 27/8/2011.
Legally the office bearer serves for a non renewable term of 8 hyears which have not lapsed. As you can see her term has not ended, so you wonder what was the hurry in leaving the office just to plunge the Country into a financial crisis.
The aftermath is now that County Governments stare at cash crisis after the tenure of the acting Controller of Budget Stephen Masha ended 90 days after his appointed in acting capacity before releasing funds to the devolved units. The Counties are now unable to access the funds without the Controller of Budget. It is the Controller of Budget that authorises withdrawals from public funds.
So as Counties grapple with the cash crisis an immediate solution is urgently required to save the County workers the agony of failing to meet their obligations and responsibilities.