143 revenue collection clerks in Kakamega County have been sent on a 60 days compulsory leave with immediate effect, community administrators taking up their position. The order came from the Kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Oparanya while addressing senior County executives and the media at the County chambers.
Governor Oparanya also directed that CECs, chief officers as well as sub county, ward and community area administrators will take over revenue collection duties in order to avoid over dependence on the division of revenue framework between the national government and Counties. The clerks are expected to report to the the County public service board for instructions at the end of the 60 days.
The Governor assigned CECs and chief officers specific sub counties and directed them to update him on revenue collections on a daily basis. He said that as a County the objective is to ensure that 100% of the revenue is collected that should total to Kshs 1.3 billion shillings per annum. “With this, the over dependence on revenue allocation between the national government and the Counties will come to an end,” said the Governor.
He warned that corrupt individuals who feel that introduction of automated revenue collection systems in the County does not fit their personal aspirations should make an early exit from service. “Last year we did very well in revenue collection, increasing from Kshs 500 million to Kshs 890 million. Our target is Kshs 1.5 billion,” he said.
He further revealed that he is in the process of restructuring his cabinet for efficient service delivery. Governor Oparanya was flanked by the deputy Governor Prof. Philip Museve Kutima and CEC for Finance and Planning Mr. Geoffrey Omulayi.