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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,12TH JUNE,2019-Nairobi county government has asked residents especially those working within the central Business District (CBD) to be patient as the hitches experienced on the newly launched revenue collection system are addressed.The system which was launched following the exit of Jambo pay is geared towards ensuring that parking fee for motorists a is collected effectively.
According to the county’s Finance Executive Charles Kerich ,the county’s ICT officers are working on 24 hour basis to addresses issues raised by the public on the new system launched two days ago.
Some of the problems experienced has had to do with network failure and delay in getting feedback whenever one has paid their parking fee.In an interview with a local radio station on Wednesday morning Kerich has expressed optimism that their system will even be better than the Jambo one which has been in operation for the last four years.
”Ours is much better since there is no issue of Kenyans having to open a wallet which the cash is paid from,with this new one a customer will pay directly from their MPESA account”.he said.
Motorists, traders and businesses in the county will now remit their taxes through the internally managed system.
The county officially parted ways with Webtribe Limited, the company that was contracted to collect revenue on behalf of the county back in April 2014.
Webtribe’s contract expired on April 7, 2019 but the county entered into negotiations with the firm for a 30-day extension period to ensure a seamless transition to the internally managed system.
Parking fee increase
In what could be a huge surprise to the Nairobi residents ,Kerich has also hinted of a possibility of increasing the parking fee from the current Sh 200 to Sh 300 in the near future.This is because of what he termed as high cost of offering services and huge debts inherited from previous regimes .
The county government of Nairobi has about Sh 2 Billion which it inherited from earlier administration.He added that soon the county assembly will look into the issue with the possibility of approving an increment.
Kerich Further decried high cost of electricity bill which they pay to Kenya power monthly,the county financial boss says the county pays a whooping Sh 1 Million in power bills alone a move that has proofed challenging considering constraint revenue collection methods available.
He added that there are talks currently ongoing between the county government and the national government with the hope of having them cheap in.