“Kenyan ambassador evicted, attachés in Belgium, Germany unpaid for 6 months”

Several Kenyan attachés in Belgium and Germany are struggling to make ends meet following six months of unpaid salaries, Chair of the National Assembly Committee on Defence Intelligence anf Foreign Affairs Nelson Koech has said.

He spoke on Thursday when Foreign Affairs CS Alfred Mutua appeared before the committee to answer queries on the Ministry operations.

Koech said several of the attachés are now facing eviction due to lack of funds.

“Our attaches have not been paid for the past 6 months. Some of them have been threatened with eviction,” the MP said.

“Shortly we will be visiting the missions outside the country. Some of them are living in very deplorable conditions.”

The Mp also noted that one of the Kenyan Ambassadors has already been evicted.

“We have seen his (ambassador) video clip circulating. He has gone into alcohol as a result. It is very important that we look into this,” he said.

On his part, CS Mutua stated that there are delays in disbursement due to the high debt borrowed in past regimes including the Moi, Jomo Kenyatta era.

He also blames the stalemate on attaches being paid from different departments such as the Ministry Of Interior.

“So let’s say you’re posted in Japan. Huyu ni wa Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Amelipwa na Ministry of Foreign affairs, lakini wa Interior hajalipwa yake. Now that is what I am trying to change. I am saying, let all the monies be brought to the Ministry of foreign affairs and let us pay.”

The CS remarks come amid tension over salary delays for civil servants.

Thousands of government employees went for Easter holidays without March salaries and some county workers are owed up to three months’ worth of pay.

Governors have protested at the failure of the National Treasury to release the money to the counties for the fourth consecutive month since December. By end of March, counties said they were owed KES 122.1 billion, with governors blaming the withheld cash for their failure to pay county workers’ salaries.

The counties are owed KES 29.6 billion for December, KES 31.45 billion for January and February each, and KES 29.6 billion for March.

This is the longest period that the devolved units have gone without receiving their equitable share of the revenue from the Treasury.

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