Council of Governors Chairman Martin Wambora yesterday issued a statement outlining why counties will not be in a position to make payments to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).
He said it was due to the delay in the releasing of county funds by the National Treasury.
“In this regard, KRA needs to take cognizance of the prevailing situation as this has not only affected statutory remittances but also payment of contractors and allowances for Members of contractors and allowances for Members of County Assemblies.
“The Council will convene a meeting with the Commissioner-General, Kenya Revenue Authority to find an amicable solution to the issue as we are aware that non-remittance of statutory deductions affects the collection of taxes,” said Wambora.
Following the Council of Governors extra-ordinary Council meeting that was held on the day, the County governors went on to explain how the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic had burned through the Ksh 5 billion that was disbursed to the counties during the first wave.
Kakamega County was highlighted as an example, with Governor Wambora revealing that Ksh 8 million (not factored in the current budget) was being spent each month on resources in isolation facilities for healthcare workers alone.
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