The departing Jubilee government administration is set to leave behind Ksh.504.7 billion in national government pending bills according to new National Treasury data.
According to data from the exchequer covering the fiscal year to June 2022, national government pending bills rose by 40.4 per cent from Ksh.359.5 billion at the end of June 2021.
88.9 per cent of the bills or Ksh.488.6 billion accrue to State Corporations while the balance of Ksh.56.1 billion is held by Ministries, State Departments and other government entities.
State Corporations pending bills cover arrears to contractors, suppliers, unremitted statutory and non-statutory deductions and pension arrears.
65.5 per cent of State Corporation pending bills belong to contractor/projects and suppliers.
Bills held by Ministries and State Departments meanwhile mainly constitute historical pending bills that have remained unpaid over the last two years.
The growth in national pending bills is despite a standing national government policy on the clearance of pending bills.
Ministries and State Departments have been required to prioritize the payment of pending bills with the arrears making for the first charge in the new 2022/23 budget execution.