KAKAMEGA County has joined the bandwagon of counties on the revenue digital platform as it rolled out Kakamega County’s digital platform & connectivity aimed at enhancing revenue collection and efficiency in service delivery.

County Governor H.E. Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya while officially launching the system thanked the partners and stakeholders for their technical expertise and support towards replacement of the current manual operations with the automated system. He said the manual revenue collection presented challenges constantly leading to a decline in service delivery. The Governor added that Kakamega has missed out on this year’s allocation of 6.8 billion by the Commission of Revenue Allocation for improved revenue collection due to huge shortfalls in collections.

Governor Oparanya noted that digitization will now address the gaps and leakages and assured stakeholders especially the Kakamega business community that the new system will not affect their operations but assist in ensuring the government provides better services to the residents. He challenged county employees to scale up supervision and embrace zero tolerance to corruption. He said corrupt elements in the revenue collection system will face severe disciplinary action.

The partners include Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Sybil Kenya, Oracle Kenya and Safaricom. Other speakers included Deputy Governor H.E. Prof. Philip Museve Kutima, Senator Cleophas Malala and KCB Kakamega Branch manager Mr. Eliud Siganga. Also in attendance was the chairperson of the County Public Service Board, Mrs. Rodah Masaviru, County Secretary Jacinta Aluoch, CEC members and MCAs led by the Hon. Speaker Morris Buluma, among others.

Later H.E the Governor accompanied by his deputy H.E. Prof. Philip Kutima and Health Services CECM Rachel Okumu inspected ongoing renovation works at the County General Hospital. Governor Oparanya addressed staff at the facility urging them to channel any issue related to their workplace to him through the hospital administrative structure. While at the hospital, the Governor also met leaders of Rotary Club of Kakamega at the hospital. Rotary club has continuously assisted the less fortunate members of the society.