In Summary
  • Since 2014, Goldrock has collected more than Sh5.6 billion under the eCitizen platform.
  • Dr Thugge says the Treasury only authorised Webmasters to train government officers to handle the portal.

The Treasury has disowned a firm contracted to collect revenue from eCitizen users, deepening the mystery of how a private company took over the role of Kenya Revenue Authority.

Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge has in fresh court papers said the government did not authorise a private firm to receive the payments.

Goldrock Capital has sued the Treasury and Webmasters Kenya, which developed the online portal, for denying it access to the website’s mobile money (M-Pesa) paybill number 206206, which receives millions of shillings every day.

REVENUE
Since 2014, Goldrock has collected more than Sh5.6 billion under the eCitizen platform, through which the government provides essential services such as applications for passports, driving licences, business registration, motor vehicle logbooks and title deeds.

The portal was developed in 2013 with funding from the World Bank’s private lending arm International Finance Corporation (IFC) and others.

Safaricom, owners of M-Pesa mobile money platform, has been enjoined in the suit.

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