The recent upward trajectory in revenue streams across Kakamega County has aroused interest from other counties across the country keen on learning how Kakamega has managed to increase her collection by over 150% in the past few months. This was revealed today by the CECM for Finance Mr. Geoffrey Omulayi during the county weekly revenue meeting at Bishop Stam, Kakamega.
“Several counties have called requesting to visit and benchmark from us on revenue collection, a clear manifestation that your efforts are now noticeable even beyond this county”, he said. Mr. Omulayi’s revelations came in the wake of yet another announcement by the CEO of Kakamega Revenue Agency Madam Beatrice Memo that new weekly and monthly revenue targets, higher than the previous ones, have been set for each sub county.
The CECM who chaired today’s session called on the revenue collection teams comprising of CECMs’, Chief Officers and Administrators to tighten the grip on the electronic revenue collection system as it has so far proved workable. “Our offices at the county headquarters will soon be housing officers from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Nairobi to assist in fixing any challenges that may arise along our tax collection journey”, he added.
The recent remittance of taxes to the county by West Kenya and Butali companies as well as Kibos factory in Malava and Butere sub counties respectively has seen Cess tax come up strongly as one of the highest sources of revenue in the county.
Also present were CECMs, County Secretary Jacinta Aluoch Odhiambo and her deputy Mr. Joshua Kutekha, Chief Officers, Kakamega Revenue Agency CEO Madam Beatrice Memo and the agency’s chairperson Winfred Wakoli, Chief of Staff Robert Sumbi, County Attorney Moses Sande, Advisors, Sub County Administrators and representatives of cashless revenue collection service provider, Sybyl Kenya Limited.