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September 22, 2018

Kajiado losing taxes, says speaker Osoi

Governor David Nkedianye second left and Speaker Johnson Osoi third left yesterday during the launch of coat of arms in Kajiado on January 27.Photo Kurgat Marindany
Governor David Nkedianye second left and Speaker Johnson Osoi third left yesterday during the launch of coat of arms in Kajiado on January 27.Photo Kurgat Marindany

THE Kajiado government is losing millions of shillings in revenue because it has not digitised fees collection, the assembly speaker has said.

Johnson Osoi said the money may be ending up in people’s pockets.

“The executive arm of the government is taking too long to put in place the new digital technology that can help check pilferage in revenue collection,” he said.

Osoi spoke in Ewuaso-Kedong trading centre, Kajiado West, during the Bunge Mashinani initiative on Monday.

The speaker said ICT will improve revenue collection and the war on corruption.

“It is the only sure way of ensuring that public funds are properly accounted for,” Osoi said.

The county assembly leader assured the public that the Finance Committee is finalising its report on the revised tariffs across the county.

He said the county made some errors in the 2014-15 Financial Appropriation Bill, but the revised rates will be tabled in the assembly in three weeks.

On Bunge Mashinani, Osoi urged the public to take seriously public participation forums so they can participate in all county government activities as provided by the law.

“This is an initiative meant to see the people make right decisions and know their roles in the county government,” he said.

Osoi said residents should give views on budget making, revenue collection, expenditure on projects and other county activities.

Ewuaso-Kedong MCA Justus Ngossor urged the county government to classify markets and ensure the levies collected vary depending on the category of a particular market.

“Why do we charge traders in such areas the same as those in Kitengela and Ngong, yet there are no proper infrastructure or public amenities?” he said.

The fast upcoming open market and livestock selling point in the area has no public toilets and stalls for shelter.

Members of the public who turned up in large numbers praised the county assembly for choosing remote areas for such initiatives.

“We are happy with this programme. We now know how things are done in the assembly and believe our leaders can also learn about us and the challenges we are going through,” said resident Lucy Tianda.

The Kajiado county assembly will conduct its business in remote areas in the five subcounties over the next month.

 

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