Nairobi 1st, August 2018
The Nairobi City County Administration Bill, 2018 Coming Soon
The outgoing Acting County Minister for Finance and Economic Planning Mr Charles Kerich 31st July 2018 spearheaded a discussion on the formulation of the proposed bills; The Nairobi City County Revenue Administration Bill, 2018 and The Nairobi City County Trade Licensing Bill, 2018 at a city hotel.
The proposed bills seek to establish administrative structures under a County Revenue Board with a mandate of managing collection of county revenue.
Minister Kerich said that the proposed bills are very important instruments which will enhance collection and improve management of revenue in the County. " To arrest and tame the perennial financial problems that the County grapples with every year, it is crucial that we diverse strategies to ensure that the county revenue is optimally managed for the provision of services to the residents.
Mr Kerich urged the participants to discuss the bills in depth and make sure that the document addresses all bottlenecks encountered in revenue collection and management in the County.
The Land and Housing County boss who has sojourned at the Finance docket after Governor Mike Sonko's appointment in an acting capacity said that the greatest challenge in the county's revenue collection is the weak enforcement systems. He added, "effective enforcement should not be preceded by a budget of facilitation."
However, the Minister was optimistic that the changes that are taking place will turn-round the county's collection.
Ag. Head of County Revenue Ms. Agnes Kisaka and County Director Trade Licensing Johnson Abwori were among the county staff who participated in the discussions. Representatives from the Treasury, the Attorney General's Office, Kenya Law Reforms and Commission on Revenue Allocation also participated in the formulation of the bills.
The enactment of the bill will pave a way of the establishment of the Revenue County Board; the second after Liquor Board.