Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago now says that counties should have their bills vetted before payments are made.

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This comes after the acting Treasury  Cabinet Secretary (CS)  Ukur Yattani directed counties to pay pending bills threatening not to remit funds to counties that fail to honour the directive.

Speaking on Thursday in Eldoret town, Mandago said vetting of bills in devolved units is a way of ensuring public funds are spent prudently.

“Vetting of bills before making payments ensures that the public gets spent on what has been rendered. It also ensures accountability,” said the County boss.

He reiterated that public funds have to be spent well and on services and goods supplied.

"We cannot just pay bills, we have to go through them because someday someone will be held responsible and also ascertain that they are right," said Mandago.

The county boss further said that if there will be a change of governor in an election it will be easier for a new governor to certify that whatever is paid were services provided and goods delivered.

He, however, noted that counties should be given platforms to contribute to the financial system, (IFMIS)as it needs reforms noting that counties had no opportunity for opinion yet they are the ones pushing the development agenda in the grassroots.

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