Strathmore University Project Coordinator in-charge of Busia County Revenue Automation Project, Nelson Mutua has predicted Busia will maintain an upward trend in revenue collection.
The CountyPro system is a revenue collection and E-Governance system currently used by the County Governments of Kiambu, Busia and Taita Taveta.
Speaking during a workshop for County Revenue Officers at Hotel Levantes- Amagoro on Tuesday, Mutua said Busia County can meet its projected 300 per cent revenue growth in this financial year if Busia County improves on the ICT infrastructure.
” Inadequate ICT infrastructure, ranging from internet connections, computers, printers, a well as equipped data centre and lack of enforcement officers are some of the challenges faced in implementing the CountyPro system in all the sub counties,” he said.
Mutua said there is also the need to create awareness to the County Citizens to enable them serve themselves from the comforts of their homes though the Busia County Citizen Portal. This is a portal that can be used by Busia citizens to access all the services offered by Busia County without physically going to the office and the customers are able to receive the digital receipts and permits through their e-mails.
He said they have been able to automate all the unstructured county revenue sources including market rates, parking, market cess and trailer parking adding that all the sub-counties in Busia County are now fully automated.
In addition, all the structured payments such as single business permits, general billings, property rates in all the sub-counties in Busia County are also fully automated,” he said.
“We will replicate the success achieved in Kiambu here in Busia,” said Busia County’s Head of Revenue Antony Opondo,” adding that the CountryPro system will raise the local revenue base to at least Sh1billion in the next three years.
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong during the launch of the system in February it will help his government seal leakages and inject new efficiency into county revenue operations.
County executive committee member in charge of Finance and ICT Lenard Obimbira said his department expected a sweeping rise in revenue and had revised targets for own source revenue from Kes300M to Kes400M in the FY 2016/17 an increase of 30%.
The under-performance was last year attributed to a weak legal framework in enforcement of revenue collection, inadequate human resources and failure to seal revenue leakages under the manual revenue collection system.
Photo: Strathmore Research and Consultancy Centre Project Coordinator in charge of Busia County Revenue Automation Project Nelson Mutua at Hotel Levantes on Tuesday.
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