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Uhuru issues tough order to all 47 governors

No nonsense Uhuru talks tough

President Uhuru Kenyatta during his address at the KICC (PSCU)

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday issued a tough order to all 47 governors, the Kenya Revenue Authority, Treasury and the Commission on Revenue Allocation.

The president ordered the State entities to form a multi-agency task force that will work on streamlining revenue collection in the counties.

President Kenyatta noted that the presence of 11 revenue collection bodies in the country that were all independent from the one used by the National Government has crippled the county governments.

"The bottom line is, this has severely limited the amount of revenue collected by the counties.

"To eliminate this duplication of efforts and waste of resources, I hereby direct...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," the President ordered.

National Resource Mapping Project

The President was speaking at the KICC when he officially received the report by the Multi-Agency Team commissioned to execute the Joint National Resource Mapping Project.

He further directed the governors to utilize the data generated by the mapping project.

"If revenue collection systems are integrated with the map, it will be easy, for example, to know who has paid land rates.

"This Multi-Agency Team has thus far updated 75 topographical maps and drawn six full county maps, in addition to digitizing the cadastral plans for Nairobi City County," the president stated.

CoG Chair Wycliffe Oparanya who was present at the meeting agreed with the president saying that the governors would be willing to use the data generated.

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