Oparanya warns officials against rewarding themselves with tenders

Written By: KNA

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has warned the top county officials against rewarding themselves with tenders.

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He reminded them that doing so amounts to conflict of interest and culprits would face disciplinary action.

He said this during a meeting to assess the progress in the revenue collection since he suspended all the 143 revenue clerks two weeks ago.

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Oparanya sent the revenue officers on a 60-day compulsory leave for financial impropriety and tasked the Executive Committee Members (CEMs) to take over the exercise as the ward administrators do the collection.

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The county has the potential of rising over Ksh1 billion annually but it was not being met, he added.

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The reports from the CEMs indicated an improvement in the daily collections so far.

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He told the attendees who included the Executive Committee Members, Chief Officers and the county assembly finance committee that there is a need to explore new revenue streams.

He asked the MCAs to sensitize the business community on their statutory obligation to pay taxes.

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