FINANCE COMMITTEE VISITS TRADERS OVER e-REVENUE COLLECTION

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The committee on Finance and Economic Planning is visiting county  to determine the effectiveness of a reviewed e-revenue collection process (cashless system) that was recently launched by the Governor, Wycliffe Oparanya.
The targeted areas included; Modern Kiosks, parking lots and slaughterhouses.
Malava Sub-County Revenue Officer, Mr. Charles Sabatia said the new system is encountering a number of challenges in its initial implementation stages.
Delays in transactions due to heavy traffic of payments by traders is one of the shortcomings outlined by Mr. Sabatia.
 He urged the ministry in charge to move with speed and embrace public participation as well as having close supervision of the new system in collaboration with all revenue officers .
The committee visited Kambi ya Mwanza Market in Malava Sub-County.
At Khwisero Market in Khwisero Sub-County, the committee visited business owners from single-based traders to modern kiosk owners.
The committee learnt that traders pay Ksh. 30 daily including the market days. Single-based business permit goes at Ksh. 2, 700 annually.
It was however, noted with a concern that revenue collection officers had not been on the ground for the last two weeks, a move that was worrying for both traders and the county government.
More so, some traders had no idea on e-revenue collection process, a new system for revenue collection.
Proper induction of traders is yet to be done by the officers concerned. A few traders using the system urged the county government to come up with an alternative way for those that are not subscribers to a mobile network that is the sole provider of the service.
Others were dumbfounded to have an increment on their trade permits without reasonable explanations from the county officials.
They claimed that a times they were forced to pay double the required amount to the county government.
The vice-chairperson of Finance and Economic Planning Committee, Hon. Philip Maina said the committee will compile a report to be presented to the House.
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