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

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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.

PROCESS DIGI­TISED

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.

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Ki­ambu Gov­er­nor Wil­liam Kabogo (L) and res­i­dents of Gakoe, Gatundu North, on Novem­ber 17. They dis­cussed is­sues that res­i­dents want solved

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