A section of angry contractors and suppliers who allege the Garissa county government owes them Sh1.9 billion as pending bills now want the area senator Yussuf Haji to intervene for them in the matter. Addressing the press at a Garissa hotel, some 20 contractors drawn from across the county who claimed to have rendered services to the county during the previous regime, said Haji is yet to comment on the thorny issue, despite their numerous efforts to reach him for mediation.
Led by Abdirahman Ahmed, the agitated contractors said that senators from other counties have been putting pressure on their governors to account for funds allocated to them, but Haji has never uttered a word on their matter. The contractors said that on several occasions, money had been allocated to settle pending bills but not even a single penny went into paying them. Another contractor Ajib Yussuf said that most of them have been struggling to fend for their families, while others risk having their property auctioned for defaulting on their loan repayment.
The contractors further urged the National Treasury to withhold funds allocated to the county by the national government until they pay them. Last year, county governor Ali Korane said his administration was not in a hurry to pay pending bills it inherited from the previous administration. County executive for finance Mohamed Roble is accused of favouring certain companies in payments.