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County automates revenue collection for efficiency

The County government has partnered with the telecoms company Safaricom to automate the revenue collection system in Kakamega.
The County executive for ICT and e-Government, George Lutomia has said the system, to be rolled out at the end of May, aims at boosting the local revenue by sealing leakages.
“All revenue streams, including rates, parking fees and license charges will be covered and I urge the officers to fully embrace the system,” he said.
Safaricom’s technical team, led by the regional manager, Paul Okayo stated that the automation would enable faster reconciliation of accounts, statement accessibility, as well as easier reporting of transactions.
The revenue unit has been posting dwindling results in the past three years due to fraud, among the officers.
The County administration has the potential of collecting Sh. 1 billion annually but it has been raising about Sh. 500 million due to partial remittance of the collected cash by revenue officers, according to Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.
By Sammy Mwibanda

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