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City Hall sued over unpaid salaries

City Hall is on the spot over failure to pay Nairobi county staff for four months, arrears amounting to Sh765 million.

The employees, through lawyer Odero Okello, allege that their salaries have been released by the national treasury but the money has been diverted for other purposes.

But the Employment and Labour Relations Court (ELRC), Justice Mathew Nduma Nderi declined to issue temporary orders directing city hall to pay the workers.

Instead he certified the case as urgent and fixed it for hearing March 21,2022.

He directed Okello to serve all the parties before the hearing date.

Okello for the Kenya County Government Workers Union(KCGWU)-Nairobi Branch and the Kenya County Government Workers Union has sued Nairobi City County, Nairobi County Service Board,County Secretary, County Secretary Mohamed Sahal, the Controller of Budget and the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK).

The union is seeking orders to compel Governor Ann Kananu’s administration to pay the workers their salaries arrears with immediate effect.

The more than 11,000 workers went on a go slow on Tuesday and are demanding the courts intervention to compel city hall address their grievances over the delayed gross salaries from October 2021.

The workers accuses top Nairobi count leadership of failure to pay them their salaries, allowances and statutory deductions even when they have received the Sh 765 million from the Controller of Budget.

” The Controller of Budget has as of to date released Sh765 million to Nairobi County for the payment of salaries, allowance, statutory deductions and remittances for the claimants’ members as per the individual contractual agreements,” the court papers state.

The Petitioners also accuses Nairobi county of diverting the said monies received from the Controller of Budget to other activities other than the authorized use which the same was requisitioned.