Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has given AILAB Africa from Strathmore University, the vendors of the County Pro system, a two-week ultimatum to have the cashless system of collecting revenue put in place.
Addressing village, ward, sub county administrators, sub county and senior revenue officers at Busia Agricultural Officers on Monday October 15th 2018, the Governor said cash method of collecting revenue will only be executed using Pay bill number.
The Governor wanted the system take effect within the shortest time possible. However, AILAB County representative Mary Muya gave the County CEO reasons why it was possible to have the Pay bill number ready not less than two weeks.
H.E Ojaamong said there was a lot of leakage in revenue collection from revenue officers who fail to discharge their duties diligently, thus leading to drastic drop in revenue collection.
“Some retired revenue officers are still masquerading as revenue collectors operating the illegal business outside my office and sometimes clumping trucks,” he said.
The Governor also used the platform to urge ICT personnel to ensure effective interdepartmental communication and point to point network linking sub counties and the headquarters was in place.
The Governor warned employees who are lux in their duties noting that absenteeism was also a key issue. “I am thirsty to retrench unproductive staff,” he said.
Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi said the Sh452m target set by the County in the 2018/2019 financial year is not overambitious noting that the county is capable of doubling that figure if all revenue streams are captured.
Finance Executive Phaustine Barasa said revenue automation must be cashless warning departments that there will be no more spending at source.
County Secretary Nicodemus Mulaku said the county will enhance the use of IT in its operations.
Chief Officer in the Governor’s office Ezekiel Okwach said the Induction course for Village Administrators will be held starting October 22, and will be conducted by officers from the Kenya School of Government Baringo Campus.