City Hall eyes Sh100m revenue target daily

Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko (left) with his deputy Polycarp Igathe. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko (left) with his deputy Polycarp Igathe. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

City Hall hopes to hit a daily revenue collection rate of Sh100 million once it fully switches to an automated system.

Governor Mike Sonko, who launched the switchover to the electronic platform on Monday, said the daily collection has so far doubled to Sh14 million after the newly elected county officials conducted a sting operation recently.

“After spending several hours at the cash office instructing taxpayers to be paying directly to the bank in case of a system failure, we have managed to collect a record Sh38.2 million (from Monday). This is only from the 14 revenue streams that have been digitised, out of over 136 revenue streams,” said Mr Sonko.

On Monday, as the county switched to online revenue collection, over 2,061 vehicles in Nairobi did not pay parking fees.

Jambopay, the company that runs the City Hall’s e-payment platform, has taken over the cash office operations with revenues paid through banks and mobile money transfers reflecting real-time on the eJiji Pay.

On Tuesday, motorists were astonished after attendants refused to take cash from them, insisting that they use the e-platform.

Head of parking at City Hall Fredrick Ndunyu said that unlike before when the parking attendants would have their eJiji wallet topped up, the motorists are now directed to make payments by themselves.

And just like parking, licences, markets, fire, land rates and all the other revenue collection streams have also been digitised.

Mr Ndunyu said this would reduce corruption that has been ripping off about Sh18 million every month in parking fees.

Jambopay chief executive Danson Muchemi said the county had given them a go-ahead to set up machines at the cash office and create accounts for the remaining revenue collection points.