Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday ordered the creation of a single revenue collection system as part of efforts to avoid duplication and waste of resources between the national and county governments.
Kenyatta said the team working on the revenue collection system must take into account the work done by the multi-agency team on joint national resource mapping project.
“To eliminate this duplication of efforts and waste of resources, I hereby direct the Commission on Revenue Allocation, the Council of Governors, the National Treasury and the Kenya Revenue Authority to form a multi-agency team whose principal aim shall be to deliver on a single revenue collection system, that is integrated with National Government Systems and to be used across all 47 counties,” he directed.
He said currently counties are using 11 different revenue collection systems, which are not integrated with those used by the National Government or even those used by other counties.
“The bottom line is, this has severely limited the amount of revenue collected by the counties,” said the President.
He said the multi-agency task force has saved billions of shillings of taxpayer money that would have been paid out if foreign or local private companies were hired for the work. Enditem