Kakamega County is now set for fresh revenue collection targets following the highly successful one month revenue collection exercise by Sub County and Community Area Administrators, under the supervision of CECMs and Chief Officers; Kakamega Governor H.E. FCPA. Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya has said.
The governor who was addressing the revenue collection team today at Bishop Stam Pastoral Centre in Kakamega added that daily and weekly targets for each Sub County will be in place as early as next week.
“Our revenues have increased three to five times in just under one month,” an upbeat Governor Oparanya said, referring to the time he sent County revenue clerks home for 60 days compulsory leave to establish the cause of massive revenue leaks through corruption, ineptitude and theft.
Some of the key areas that have registered a dramatic increase in revenues include single business permits, stock rings, markets, hospitals, parking fees and cess.
Governor Oparanya who was flanked by deputy governor H.E. Prof. Philip Museve Kutima said many more revenue streams including road contractors’ fees, slaughterhouses and receipts from subsidized fertilizer sales will be optimized.
“We expect you to identify badly needed facilitation in the field including vehicles, clamping equipment, allowances, uniforms and matatu stickers”, he said.
Meanwhile, Governor Oparanya has said the County government will stage a high profile public areas clean up exercise in Likuyani Sub County to mark a special County Environment Week dedicated to service delivery to taxpayers.
“The CECMs and Chief Officers will be expected to be on the ground working side by side with County Youth Service personnel and Women under the County Youths Service & Women Empowerment Programme to clean markets and other business areas as a way of appreciating and motivating rat payers for their support,” he said.
He also said a foreign firm operating in waste to energy production will soon start operations in Kakamega County. The company will require 400 tonnes of garbage per day and will employ 1,000 youths and women.
Also present were CECMs led by Mr. Geoffrey Omulayi (Finance and Planning) and Dr. Beatrice Sabana (Public Service and Administration), Chief Officers, the facilitator, Ambassador James Ochami, the Deputy County Secretary, Mr. Joshua Kutekha, Chief of Staff Robert Sumbi, County Attorney Moses Sande, Advisors, CEO Kakamega Revenue Agency, Madam Beatrice Memo, Sub County Administrators and representatives of cashless revenue collection service provider, Sybyl Kenya Limited.