Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has admitted that civil servants and county staff will wait a little longer for their salaries.

During Easter Sunday Church Service in Ngorano PCEA in Mathira Constituency, the DP said the government had to prioritize repaying a foreign debt before disbursing salaries to county governments.

“I must admit that we have had delays in remittances to the counties and salaries to our Staff. However, one of the debts we inherited, had matured, and we had to pay,” he said adding that he is hopeful the salaries would be disbursed this week.

DP Gachagua blamed the current cash crunch facing the government on the debt burden inherited from former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration.

The DP also mentioned that the problems financial problems facing the Kenya Kwanza administration emanated from the handshake between President Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga.

“The problems started when the previous administration agreed to a handshake between them and Opposition leader Raila Odinga, there were no checks and balances on the excesses of the government, and they borrowed excessively,” he said.

Gachagua said this is the reason he would never tolerate a handshake agreement with Raila.

“I have no problem with Azimio or Odinga, but oppose a handshake and dealing with him is my business. It is my job to ensure President William Ruto is given time and freedom to work hassle-free,” he said.

“We cannot discuss with a person who has refused to recognise the legitimacy of our government. He must first publicly declare that President Ruto is the duly elected Head of State.”