Sh4.7bn was target collection not actual revenue – Kabogo
Kiambu did not report false figures, it merely stated what it expected to collect. It got more money due to a management system that increases collection efficiency
Kiambu county doubled its revenue collection to Sh2.47 billion, but had targeted Sh4.7 billion, Governor William Kabogo has said.
He made the clarification after reports emerged that the county had registered false figures.
OUR TARGET COLLECTION
On Friday, research firm PesaCheck said the governor provided the wrong figure of Sh4.7 billion as revenue col- lected — not the actual Sh2.4 billion.
In a statement, Kabogo said Sh4.7 billion was its target and not the actual collection.
According to annual county government implementation review reports between 2013 and 2016, the county collected Sh1.2 billion, Sh2.11 billion and Sh2.46 billion, respectively.
“This was double the national average set by the Controller of Budget,” Kabogo said. “Kiambu county revenue has doubled over the past two years and has recorded the highest revenue in Central Kenya.”
The governor said a back-end management system has helped the county minimise waste and increase efficiency and effectiveness of revenue collection processes.
The county has eliminated all forms of manual payment that led to massive losses of funds, he said.
“The county is in the process of issuing residents with VISA-enabled county cards to be used for various payment platforms, especially by those paying for government services. This is a move to completely shift to cashless payments to minimise fraud,” Kabogo said.
The governor said Kiambu forecasts a growth of Sh11 billion in the next five years.
Kiambu county has also launched an electronic development application system that will enable pre-approval procedures for development applications.
“Physical planning proposals, architectural building proposals and designs will now be approved in a record 30 days maximum,” Kabogo said.
In 2015, Kiambu launched a new digital platform, powered by SAP East Africa, to enable a real-time reporting interface that can be accessed on a computer, iPad, tablet or mobile phone.
Kiambu Governor William Kabogo (L) and residents of Gakoe, Gatundu North, on November 17. They discussed issues that residents want solved