Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui’s administration has paid Sh1.2 billion pending bills the county government owed suppliers.
According to the county boss, who has been in office for nearly a year, the bills were cleared after verification of construction works, goods and services to ensure the county received value for money.
The county inherited pending bills amounting to about Sh3billion from the previous administration of Governor Kinuthia Mbugua.
An interim report issued after the verification said the suppliers were paid an initial Sh722million.
The governor revealed that other bills amounting to Sh400 million were cleared after suppliers gave proper documentation and completion of work or supply of goods and services sought by the county, bringing the total amount paid to Sh1.12 billion.
“The county contracted suppliers who completed the requirements and were paid,” said Mr Kinyanjui.
Among those paid include contractors for road projects who were paid Sh285million.
Others who received their payments are suppliers to the Health department who got Sh374 million, Lands, Sh152 million, Environment, Sh103million, Finance, Sh83.7 million, Education, Sh78.6 million and Agriculture, Sh69 million among others.
On Sunday, the Nation learnt that suppliers whose bills have not been cleared have been contacted individually by the county government and advised on the queries raised by auditors on their bills and have been given time to respond before their payments are cleared.
Nakuru County Finance Executive Joseph Kiuna said they are committed to paying suppliers who followed procurement procedures and delivered projects, goods or services on time.
“Governor Kinyanjui’s administration is committed to ensure that the county gets value for money and that all due processes are followed,” said Mr Kiuna.
Since the inception of devolution, contractors and suppliers across the 47 counties have been crying foul over delayed payments for goods delivered and services rendered.
In Nakuru County, some debts date back to the 2013/14 financial year.
When Governor Kinyanjui took office in August 2017, he promised to audit the pending bills, fearing the county government might have accumulated debts in illegal transactions.