SMEs and contractors that did business with Cityhall are now calling on President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene on the payment stalemate they are currently experiencing at City Hall.
The traders claim that city hall officials are playing ping pong games with them over payment of goods and services they supplied a long time ago.
Treasury last week released Ksh. 1.3 billion shillings for the payment of pending bills yet the money has not been wired to their accounts.
Speaking in Assembly last week Budget Chairman Robert Mbatia confirmed that the Treasury indeed released Ksh. 1.3 billion for payment and that they will follow up to ensure SMEs that did business with the county and Nairobi Metropolitan Services are paid.
‘‘I want to apologise to the SMEs and contractors that were owed money and have been waiting for their money for long.. I want to also confirm that Badi and his team received Ksh. 1.3 billion from the treasury and that they will be paid,” Mbatia told the House.
One of the SMEs owners who spoke to Ghetto Radio on condition of anonymity expressed his disappointment doing business with City hall.
‘‘It has been hard pushing for this payment since 2020, you are told to wait , some are asking kickbacks and as we speak am not even able to service my loan let the president come out and help us get our money,” he said.
‘‘We have companies belonging to a specific ethnic group and their payments are always processed in time because of huge kickbacks they give yet small scale traders continue languishing in poverty and distress.. it is not a small matter and we want DCI, EACC and office of the controller of budget to investigate,’’ Minority whip Peter Imwatok told Ghetto Radio News on Phone.
Purlexis Enterprises Limited are among companies in financial crisis following debts owned by Cityhall.
Throughout General Supplies, Asmara Ventures, Msafiri Feeds Limited, and Tusma Trading that supplied food items, blankets, basins and sanitary towels are scheduled to receive ksh. 84,386,000.