Uasin Gishu eyes double revenue growth after automating collection

The county government expects to double its revenue collection following the adoption of an automated system being primed to offer solutions to a number of problems widely encountered in control of finances.

The Commission on Revenue Allocation puts Sh2.5 billion as the annual collection target for Uasin Gishu County.

However, the projection has not been achieved, with the highest collection going to Sh 1.8 billion, despite its administrative centre, Eldoret being the third biggest town outside Nairobi.

The Uasin Gishu County Automated Revenue System, UG Pay, provides a mobile money transfer platform where residents are able to pay for business licenses, parking, land rates, rent and other fees and other levies demanded by the devolved unit.

The Sh38 million project is the brain child of the county’s department of Information Communications and Technology (ICT) and software developer Attain Solutions. It took a year and some months to develop the system.

Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno said the project will go a long way in helping the county hit its revenue collection target per year, which has never been attained in the past due to a number of problems including corruption.

“With the advent of this technology, we are optimistic that the county will realise big harvests in terms of collection of revenue. We are looking to grow our returns at the end of this year,” he said during the launch of the system on Friday in Jua Kali Shopping Centre.

Mr Chemno added that the system would help seal loopholes in cash handling which said had cost the county government millions of shillings.

“There have been cases of individuals taking advantage of loopholes in money handling. We expect zero loss of our revenue following the adoption of this system and that is a big plus for our development because we will increase our collections.”

Attain Solutions’ director Brian Killi said the system makes it possible to track the amount collected as there’s a noticeable change of figures.

“A computer or an Android-based phone can be used by administrators to track the transactions. The system comes with an application which can help you monitor how much licensing has collected. There are completely zero chances of cheating.”

The Business Daily established that on Friday alone, the county closed the day with Sh22.7 million in revenue collection from constituents who were paying land levies, registering and renewing business permits and others.

The county has purchased 200 money transfer gadgets only for the pilot phase of the project implementation, according to Mr Barnabas Sang, the county executive for ICT. However, he said three banks have partnered with the county to provide additional gadgets.

Mr Sang disclosed that some officials were being investigated for pocketing about Sh12.5 million meant for the county coffers.