Vihiga government records improved revenue collection

Vihiga county government has recorded improved revenue collection during 2017/2018 financial year after collecting about S50 million in taxes.

Speaking to the press in Mbale Friday the county executive for trade and tourism Geoffrey Vukaya, said this was an improvement from Sh96 million that was attained by revenue collectors during the same period in the 2016/2017 financial year.

He attributed the improvement in tax collection to a number of measures put in place by the current Governor Wilbur Ottichilo including reshuffling of revenue collectors, setting of daily targets and sealing loopholes for embezzlement of public funds.

Vukaya added that revenues streams that were underperforming were being subjected to

thorough scrutiny and supervision.

Several revenue streams performed poorly in the last financial year and have been under thorough supervision, he disclosed.

The County Executive cited the weights and measures stream, which recorded nil collection in 2016/2017 financial year.

The same stream has now tremendously improved, recording a revenue collection of S21,000 in the last three months, he added.

However, he pointed out that the total amount collected was still below the county’s target of Sh220milion.

Source: Kenya News Agency