By Mike Sonko
Upon assuming office, I stamped my foot down to clean up the County Finance department, and specifically revenue collection.
From an average 7 million shillings that used to be declared a week ago, the sting operation I led resulted in a sustained increase in daily collections. First from the day we raided the cash office and found over 7m unbanked the revenue went up to 14m.
I am happy to report to you that today after raiding the cash office again today accompanied by Jubilee party majority leader and his ODM minority leader couterpart in a joint operation and after spending several hours at the cash office instructing tax payers to be paying direct to the bank incase there was a system failure we have managed to collect a record of 38.2 MILLION SHILLINGS. This is only from the 14 revenue streams that have been digitized, out of over 136 revenue streams.
Further ,today we had 2,061 vehicles that parked in Nairobi onstreet parking and either failed to pay parking fees or colluded with some corrupt parking attendants not to pay.
I am humbly appealling tosuch motorists to comply with the county’s laws by paying for parking through the electronic eJijiPAY service(Dial *217# or via online epayments.nairobi.go.ke) . Failure to comply will lead to impounding of the non compliant vehicles in future.
I congratulate the 4,236 motorists that paid their parking today.
My mission is to seal all loopholes through which we have been losing county revenues, because that is the only way we can deliver on our promise to the people of Nairobi.
Plans are underway to digitize all revenue collection.
The writer is Nairobi county Governor