Nairobi News


Financial crisis looms as Jambopay exits City Hall deal

Nairobi County government could be plunged into a financial crisis starting Monday with payment services offered by JamboPay set to be shutdown.

This could see City Hall losing up to Sh100 million every day as it looks for another revenue collection of its 136 revenue streams.

The contract between Kenyan tech firm Webtribe Limited and City Hall expires on Sunday, April 7.

The county is staring at a complete revenue shutdown as residents will have no platform to pay levies.

JamboPay is not interested in renewing the deal after five years of being City Hall’s sole digital payment platform. The company was contracted in 2014 to supply, implement and maintain an automated revenue collection and payments solution for a period of five years.

WebTribe chief executive officer Danson Muchemi said that they will disable the eJijiPay platform on April 7 midnight.

He said that JamboPay collects on average between Sh80 million and Sh100 million every day and in March alone, Sh1.5 billion was collected through their system.

“The revenue collection contract between Nairobi City County and Web Tribe Ltd will expire at midnight on the 7th of April 2019. At that time Web Tribe Ltd (JamboPay) will be unable to carry out any transactions for the county.”

In the January, Mr Muchemi said that they are ready to hand over its system to City Hall, ahead of the expiry of their contract while recommending the setting up of a joint transition team, that shall oversee the handover, expressing their readiness to facilitate the process.