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Kenya Broadcasting corporation

One of the government parastatals experiencing pay difficulties as a result of the financial shortage is the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC).

Samuel Maina, the chief executive officer, requested tolerance from the workers in a response letter dated April 5, while the media organisation worked quickly to address the situation.

Maina pleaded with the workers to think about setting up financial backup plans to protect them and their households.

Due to unanticipated events, administration apologies to notify you that we will not be able to pay the March 2023 salary prior to the Easter holidays," Maina said.

Samuel Maina said, "The administration regrets the disruptions caused."

He reassured his team that he had already talked to the central government to make sure that the right payments were made to pay the right people.

In order to guarantee that the wages be paid as soon as feasible, Main said, "We are working around the clock and putting in significant effort."

The CEO promised to come up with backup plans in the future to make sure the company's finances are safe even if government payments stop.

On Friday, April 7, allegations that the state was bankrupt arose when Opiyo Wandayi, the leader of the minority in the National Assembly, said that the administration had neglected to pay the salaries of both lawmakers.

"As we approach the middle of the month, even MPs have not received payment for the very first time in our nation's history.

"As of right now, only police officers and military personnel who work in the intelligence agencies have received pay," according to Wandayi.

When he met with lawmakers on February 8, Njunguna Ndung'u, who is in charge of the Treasury Cabinet, talked about these issues.

CS Njuguna expressed optimism in carrying out important duties, such as paying wages, although he acknowledged that the nation was experiencing financial difficulties that hindered several of the government's programmes.

"If you reside in our nation, you must be aware of the difficulties we face in managing our resources. We must find a solution to it. There is a resource limitation. We have to take care of ourselves since there is no money."

"Anything will be conceivable if we get the funds. The shortage will disappear because of how far we have gone. We cannot guarantee that the issue will be resolved today or tomorrow, but we're going to do so," he added.

Earlier, President William Ruto and his vice president, Rigathi Gachagua, said that they had taken over a bankrupt country because the previous government had wasted money on handouts that only a few people took advantage of.

One of the requests the opposition has made in the bipartisan negotiations with the administration is to lower living costs. Raila Odinga, a former prime minister, warned to call off protests if the government did not take action.

When President Ruto asked Raila to meet with people from both parties, Raila decided to stop the protests. 

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