Governor targets corrupt officers; lifts bodaboda tax holiday

Migori Governor Zachary Obado has threatened to sack corrupt revenue officers who don’t issue official receipt to traders while collecting taxes thereby denying the county revenue.

Speaking to the press at his office in Migori town on Monday, governor Obado said that the county has failed to collect a possible S billion tax because some dishonest county revenue officials issue either fake or no receipts at all while collecting revenue.

The Governor noted that the disbursement of national allocation to the counties is pegged on the percentage of revenue collected at the county level; a situation he said has greatly reduced their national share.

Obado regretted that the county missed a staggering Sh 650 million during the financial year 2016/2017. He exuded confidence that once the loopholes currently experienced at the revenue department are sealed, the county will improve in service delivery.

The governor admitted that failure to meet revenue collection target has affected service delivery in the county.

Obado further blamed the National Government slow release of County Government funds.

It is true that we have even failed to pay our contractors to a tune of Sh 1.8 billion due to slow disbursement of funds from the national kitty. Even now we pay salaries after three months, Obado said.

Meanwhile, the Governor has lifted bodaboda tax free service which was introduced during the last general elections held in August.

Obado directed the revenue department to start taxing bodaboda operators in the county who have enjoyed tax holiday since last year. Bodaboda operators’ previously paid Sh 20 a day.

Obado reintroduced bodaboda tax as move to bridge revenue gap.

Source: Kenya News Agency