Top officials of the defunct Nairobi Metropolitan Services(NMS) among them former NMS Director General retired Major General Mohamed Badi are set to make their first appearance at City Hall sixteen months after their exit.
This follows a summon by Nairobi City County Assembly ad-hoc committee on the decline of revenue collection to appear today, January 30, 2024.
A letter by NCCA clerk Edward Gichana indicated that Badi and former State House controller Kinuthia Mbugua are among those invited for tomorrow’s sitting.
Others include: Former head of treasury at NMS Constance Mwaikamba, deputy director general Kang’the Thuku and seconded officer John Njoroge.
“This is to inform you of the Committee’s resolution and to request that you attend the said meeting on January 30, 2024, at 10.30 am at the Assembly Plenary Chamber, ground floor, County Assembly wing, City Hall Building.” The letter reads in part.
They are expected to shed more light on the nature, ownership and operations of the Nairobi Revenue System (NRS) before the Imwatok led committee.
“You are expected to clarify whether the system had any agreement with Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) or NMS and whether the same was communicated to Nairobi City County Government (NCCG).” The letter stated.
The officials are also expected to give details of the administrators, hosts, and all persons who had access to the said system during the NMS period as they enlighten the committee on whether NMS received an up-to-date reconciliation of all revenues collected through the Nairobi Revenue System and if yes, whether they could share the same to the committee which is expected to give a final report this week as their term comes to an end.
Under Standing Order 211 of the Nairobi City County Assembly Standing Orders on November 1, 2023, adopted a motion for the establishment of an ad-hoc committee on inquiry into Nairobi’s revenue collection systems and administration.
The objective of the inquiry was to investigate, advise and make recommendations to the county government on the overall revenue performance of the county including the revenue collection systems, history of revenue performance, revenue collection sources, collection hitches, accountability levels, and actual receipts versus targets among others.
They have held numerous sessions with KRA officials and county finance officials and the committee has been informed that the revenue collection system that KRA relied on to collect revenue on behalf during the Deed of Transfer of functions period, was developed through a joint multiagency team comprising of officials from KRA, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of ICT and the defunct NMS.
However, both officials from City Hall and KRA claim not to be aware of the administrators, hosts and physical location of the system during and after the lapse of the Deed of Transfer of Functions.
The KRA officials also revealed that NMS was the overall responsible entity for coordinating the transferred functions including revenue collection