The Nyeri County on Friday launched an electronic revenue management system to increase revenue base and curb graft.
Governor Mutahi Kahiga who officially launched the system dubbed ‘Nyeri Pay’ in Nyeri town said it is captured in the revised County Integrated Development Plan 2018-2022 to ensure a transparent and accountable government.
Kahiga noted that local revenue determines the amount of money a county receives from the National Government to run budgets and implement development programmes.
The Governor urged the locals to embrace the new technological system to pay their taxes that is more convenient and secure.
“You will no longer need to queue in banks to pay for your county obligations and therefore increasing your productive hours, the Governor said.
He disclosed that the devolved unit had revised targets for local revenue this financial year to the tune of Ksh 1.2 billion to seal deficit of Ksh 160 million occasioned by the slash of county budgets through the Finance Amendment Bill 2018.
Kahiga said he was optimistic that Nyeripay would help achieve the targets to ensure effective implementation of the budget and deliver services to the public.
“This does not mean we have increased taxes to the people. We have only sealed loopholes where public money has been lost and expanded revenue base,” he said.
Six revenue collectors in Nyeri County have cases in courts after allegedly forging receipt books and pocketing about Ksh 800,000 when they were arrested early this year, prompting the urgent need for secure payments to the county.
The county boss added that Nyeri County has registered an increase of 18 per cent revenue growth in revenue collection that translates to Ksh 117 million, the highest since devolution started.
Narc-Kenya Leader Martha Karua who was on another function in Nyeri town also graced the launch of Nyeripay