Nyamira County has been struggling against its annual target on revenue collection. Therefore, a raft of measures need to be put in place to enhance revenue collection.
In order to meet this target, H.E John Nyagarama embarked on a fact finding revenue collection mission within the week led by Nyamira township administrator Mr Daniel Matoke and other supervisors.
The exercise took place between Nyabite market and Co-operativeBank within Township Ward, targeting mama mboga, mitumba sellers and fruit vendors.
The mission was intended to reach the 523 small and medium enterprises in record at the stipulated area.
Mr. Matoke sent out three groups in which each team had its receipt book to carry out the exercise.
After the exercise, the teams collected a sum of Sh.5900 contrary to a daily collection of between 400 shillings to 800 shillings.
Indeed the fact finding mission indicated that there was poor revenue collection and recommended effective revenue collection systems to be implemented to ensure full compliance by the revenue collectors. Automation of revenue collection is long overdue.
There is need to support revenue collection in the county by condemning and curbing corrupt practices. If this is achieved, then the county will realise robust revenue collection.
In addition, the County Secretary Erick Onchana requested the Nyamira county officers to cooperate with the enforcement and revenue officers to enhance transparency and accountability.
"I have been requested to inform all nyamira public servants and anyone who works in nyamira county government, agency and entity that they are supposed to pay parking fee for their private vehicles, cycles /bodabodas and any other revenue due to their own business as law abiding county citizens."County secretary said.
He further added that, "All Government national /County/ Parastatal vehicles are exempted from paying parking fee.
Also strive to champion enabling environment for all enforcement officers and related cadres and any reported threats or abuses to the officers during revenue collection from other staff members will be treated as indiscipline."
By Christine Ogora and Dennis Kirwa
Governor's press service