Murang’a assembly passes motion seeking to digitize revenue collection

Murang’a County Assembly on Tuesday passed a motion compelling the County government to digitise collection of parking fee.

The MCAs said manual collection of parking levy posed numerous loopholes, hence failure to meet the targeted revenue.

In the motion tabled by nominated MCA Caroline Njoroge, the Assembly demanded the County Department of Finance to install digital system monitors to help in establishing the number of cars in parking bays.

Njoroge said the mission to automate parking bays would enable Murang’a County government to raise more revenue as no attendant would be able to pocket the money he or she collected.

County Executive for Finance and Planning David Waweru was asked to adopt a policy which would determine the period of time a vehicle would be parked in a designated slot in major towns of Murang’a, Kangema, Kiria ini and Kenol.

There is need to seal all the loopholes and discourage handling of cash by the employees as over the years, the County government has failed to achieve target in collection of local revenue, she said.

Supporting the motion, Kimorori MCA Amos Murigi said there was need to ensure all the departments followed regulations.

Murigi said the executive had failed to compete with others in collection of revenue leaving employees to handle cash rather than apply the effective pay bill systems.

He regretted that this financial year, the County has only realised Sh7 million out of Sh60 million targeted from bus termini.

There is information that millions of shillings could have been lost as the employees handle cash due to lack of systems, he said.

Gaturi MCA Kiiru Mwangi on his part said Murang’a should emulate Rwanda which has an elaborate system in revenue collection. We went for a bench marking in Rwanda and we saw how the systems work, said Kiiru.

Source: Kenya News Agency