Company sues Treasury over eCitizen payments

The National Treasury building in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG
The National Treasury building in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The National Treasury has been thrust into a vicious war with the administrator of its electronics payments platform eCitizen, which now threatens to stall services offered through the World Bank-backed online portal.

Goldrock Capital Limited, which runs e-Citizen’s mobile money payment account, has sued the National Treasury for denying it access to the platform’s M-Pesa paybill number that receives billions of shillings from individuals seeking government services through the online portal.

The eCitizen portal was developed in 2013 with funding from the World Bank’s private lending arm IFC and other donors.

IT firm Webmasters Africa was contracted to develop the portal, while Goldrock was subcontracted to develop a non-cash payment system for the project.