Nairobi collects revenue of Sh4.5 billion in three months
Nairobi has registered an improvement in revenue collection in the three months leading to March 2022 despite a myriad of challenges including the recent Azimio-led protests that paralyzed operations in the county.
Governor Johnson Sakaja reported on April, 4, 2023, that the monthly own-source revenue comparison for the county shows a positive outlook as revenue collection in March 2023 surpasses performance in the same period in 2022.
Governor Sakaja stated that in 2023, the county collected Sh1.42 billion in January, Sh1.3 billion in February and Sh1.78 billion in March, totaling Sh4.5 billion as compared to Sh3.83 billion within the first three months of 2022.
Following the improved performance, the county boss said his administration has remained resilient despite a disruptive year coupled with Covid-19 recovery, an economic downturn, adding that it is a demonstration of strong operational capacity, diligence, and commitment to delivering services to Nairobi residents.
“Our immediate focus in the coming months will be to ensure that priority is trained on revenue collection with a focus on improved service delivery,” Sakaja said.
The governor said that the county’s source revenue has been on a steady increment.
“There is a 2.2 percent, 31.3 percent and 22.8 percent growth in revenue for January, February and March 2023 respectively. Cumulatively the County collected Sh673, 984,028 million more in those three months compared to the same period in 2022.”
From the figures, the county made an improvement collection in land rates, single business permits and fire inspection.
“In the coming months, we look forward to achieving double-digit growth in parking fees, billboards, house and stall rent, food handlers and markets.”
This comes even as the county continues to process full ownership of its revenue collection, which is currently still under the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).
During the first day of the Azimio demonstrations that took place in Nairobi on March 20th, the county government lost half of its daily collections.
“We collected Sh30.3 million which is not even half of our regular daily revenue collection,” the governor said the following day during a function at City Hall.