NMS handed files on pending bills

Thursday, January 28th, 2021 00:00 |
Acting Nairobi Governor Anne Kananu hands over contracts to NMS boss Maj-Gen Mohamed Badi (left), yesterday. With them is acting county secretary Jarius Musumba. Photo/PD/Kenna Claude

Nairobi County acting Governor Anne Kananu yesterday handed over pending bills for 2018/19 amounting to Sh1.3 billion to the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).

The bills are owed to various contractors and mainly on the transferred functions, including Public Works, Health, and Transport and Planning.

“Today, we are happy to hand over the pending bills files worth Sh1.3 billion to NMS for payment.

I will task my Finance team to adopt a phased approach to settling outstanding arrears, even if it means settling bills in instalments in certain circumstances to restore liquidity for business owners,” Kananu said.

She said accumulation of bills has raised concerns in the recent past and put suppliers on edge.

“Nairobi City-County Government procures services and goods from different entities.

It is expected that payments be honoured according to the contract terms,” Kananu said.

Speaker Benson Mutura initiated the process of clearing pending bills after he signed the warrants during his tenure as the acting governor.

 Kananu urged NMS under the leadership of Maj-Gen Mohammed Badi to give payment of pending bills a priority in their budget for 2019/20 fiscal year.

While receiving the contracts Badi expressed gratitude on the willingness of the county to work with his team.

He said last year NMS faced challenges on paying contractors and suppliers when the former governor refused to hand over contracts.

“NMS experienced some hiccups last year with the county over the payments of pending bills but we can now finally move forward and work seamlessly with the county and Assembly,” he said.

Mutura applauded the efforts by the Executive and NMS to ensure projects in Nairobi are progressing despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

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