In Summary
  • Kariobangi South Ward Rep says law will seal loopholes that the current system has.

City Hall could soon have its cess collection agency similar to the Kenya Revenue Authority if a new Bill pushing for establishment of such an organisation is approved by the County Assembly.

The 2019 Nairobi City County Revenue Administration Bill — which has already gone through the first reading — seeks to create the Nairobi City County Revenue Authority, which would be mandated to collect, receive and account for revenue on behalf of the county government.

Kariobangi South Ward Representative Robert Mbatia, the initiator of the Bill, said the County Revenue Authority would be headed by a County Revenue Administrator, competitively recruited by the Public Service Board.

Mr Mbatia said the authority would register and maintain revenue payers in the county.

The revenue payers would be assigned a revenue identification number while the authority would adopt an integrated collection system for the purposes of ensuring effective and efficient administration of public money.

“We want to seal loopholes and make revenue collection serious. The bill will ensure all the inadequacies and capacity challenges that have led to low revenue collection are solved,” Mr Mbatia said.

The Budget and Appropriations Committee chairman added that all the money received by revenue collectors, officers and staff in the authority shall be deposited into the County Revenue Fund.

City Hall already has such an account at Co-operative Bank where all its revenue is sent before being taken to the Central Bank.

The Kariobangi South representative said the authority would assess revenue payable to the county where applicable, advising the finance executive on all matters relating to the administration and enforcement of revenue laws.

“It would also ensure optimum compliance is achieved,” Mr Ngatia said.

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