ASSEMBLY BACKS REPORT ON CASHLESS SYSTEM

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Members of Kakamega County Assembly adopted a report on the uptake of e-revenue system and its performance on revenue collection in the year 2018/19.
The report was presented to the House on Thursday by Hon. David Ikunza who chairs the committee on Finance and Economic Planning.
While seconding the report, the vice-chairperson, Hon. Philip Maina urged the House to fully support and adopt it so as to improve both revenue collection and service delivery to the Kakamega residents by the concerned ministry.
Hon. Maina however raised a concern over proper sensitization of the public stating  that there was need for public participation on awareness of the new system as a way of increasing revenue collection.
He further proposed for benchmarking with other counties where the cashless system has been successful,Bungoma being one of them.
His sentiments were echoed by Hon. Absolomon Andati who said that any new idea meant for the betterment usually faces some resistance but with time stakeholders get to embrace it when it starts to yield results.
He added that  e-revenue system is one of the county  programs that is being embraced.
He cited the recent move by H.E The Governor where 143 revenue clerks were sent on a 60 days compulsory leave as a result of being incompetent on duty by not embracing the cashless system effectively.
Hon. Willis Opuka urged for involvement of all community administrators in revenue collection within their areas.
He said the move will help in monitoring traders who evade tax payment by registering one license and operating several businesses.
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