By The COAST Team
Mombasa Governor-elect Abdulswamad Nassir says his government will be conducting a forensic audit on all pending bills before making any payment.
Nassir says the county’s bloated pending bills is currently running into billions of shillings and must be authenticated if they are to be settled.
He confirmed he was being briefed accordingly before carrying out the forensic audit on all the pending bills latter the commencement of payments.
“I’ve already started receiving reports from all the departments on the economic status of the county and I’ll a full detailed report of all the pending bills by tomorrow. We cannot run away from debts but what we can do is to ensure that they are audited first before we pay,” said Nassir.
Nassir who will be sworn in office in two weeks’ time says he will give priority to economic matters before dealing with other burning issues.
Says he will put in place substantive measures to accelerate business operations in the county so as to revamp the economy which is currently in shambles
He was speaking for the first time since he was declared governor-elect on Tuesday 30, at his impromptu visit at the Star of the Sea Secondary School on Thursday.
‘My priority once I assume office is to fulfill all promises we made during campaign period which is by reviving the economy of Mombasa that is currently in ICU” said Nassir.
He added that his administration will strive to ensure bills do not accumulate at any given time. “We will only procure when we are sure we have money.” He added.
The Governor elect will be meeting Mombasa business community on Friday to discuss sensitive economic issues and chat the way forward.
“I will be meeting with the Mombasa business community to see how best we can work together and revive our economy,” he said.
The governor elect had promised to ensure all business permits are consolidated so as to avoid double taxation work and move together as a community.
Nassir also promised to do away with perennial problem of delayed salaries at the county, which leads to endless strikes.
“The county human resource issue is one of the biggest that we will deal with. We have to look at issues of salaries, the issue of non-remittance of statutory deductions, the staff loans, and promotions,” the county boss added.