By Kurgat Marindany
Kajiado County Government will attain, and surpass its revenue target of Sh1.5 billion for the first time this year.
The county’s revenue director, David Montet, explained recently that the target mark set by Governor Joseph Lenku late last year will be realised as envisaged.
Montet said: “This is 100 per cent possible, after we developed a workable digitalised system in partnership with Kenya Commercial Bank.” He was speaking at the close of one week seminar on revenue collection enhancement in held in Karen, Nairobi recently.
The seminar was organized by the county and the Kenya Commercial Bank. “All indications are clear that for the first time since the inception of devolution; the performance in revenue collection will be leveraged to the right course,” Montet added.
“We are sealing all the loopholes that have led to losses in revenue meant for the government. We want to make it easy for the people to enjoy doing business but, at the same time, pay for the best services offered by the government,” said Montet.
“Despite the revenue collection having sunk to its lowest ebb between July and November, last year, my department will deliver positive results at the close of June, this year,” he noted.
“We now know that one of the ways revenue collection was being affected was a block collection and depositing to county accounts. We are now geared to introducing the system that will deal with each sector in packages,” added the director.
The digital system will see the county government introduce codes and accounts that help determine the performance of the various sources of the government income.
For instance the county intends to digitalize parking fees, trade licensing, single business permits, signage, livestock levies, and transport among others, he noted.
The head of channels at Kenya Commercial Bank, Denis Njau said partnering with county will improve funds collection.
“Our training and partnership will revolve around turning around the performance that has been low at one time and taking advantage of the available technology to raise it to the upper level,” said Njau.
Njau further said the programme they have rolled out with the County Government takes advantage of the data that ultimately influences decision-making, planning and calls for efficiency.
The successful collections of data will enable the county seal the loopholes that lead to unnecessary pilferage, noted.
The county director of ICT (revenue), Alex Pulei, said through the new system the public will get their licences on the spot and the County Government will always analyse their statements within hours rather than days as it was before.
“This is about real time service to the people in Kajiado County and achievement of validations of our transactions as well as system integration,” Pulei noted.