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Nairobi tops in county revenue collection

Nairobi, Mombasa and Narok counties generated the highest amount of revenue in the 2013/2014 financial year, a new report has shown.

According to the report released Wednesday by the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA), Nairobi collected Sh10 billion in revenue followed by Mombasa Sh1.7 billion and Narok Sh1.5 billion.

Wajir, Tana River and Garissa generated the least revenue each recording 1% of the total revenue.

Garissa collected Sh36 million, Tana River Sh32 million while Wajir raised Sh61 million.

Other counties that performed fairly well according to CRA are Nakuru which raised Sh1.8 bilion, Machakos Sh1.2 billion and Kiambu Sh1.24 billion.

Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga’s request to have all cash collected from Siaya locals who live in Nairobi County refunded to his county was dismissed by CRA Chairman Micah Chererem.

“Many Siaya residents migrated to Nairobi and are making the county shine in revenue collection. We want the CRA to calculate that amount and remit it to Siaya and you will see the difference,” said Mr Rasanga.

In response, Mr Cheserem said, “If we do that, every county will send similar request and it will be chaotic to manage Nairobi revenue collection.”

Siaya county was rated number 38 with 3% of total revenue collection which translates to Sh100 million.

Releasing the report at Safari Park Hotel, the CRA chair said there is dire need by county governments to have alternative revenue collection system.

“Currently, county governments do not have effective ICT systems to aid in their quest for revenue automation,” he said.