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Bungoma governor reshuffles top County officers

26 September 2013, 21:27 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Ten senior personnel in Bungoma County have been reshuffled in transfers effected by the area governor, Kenneth Lusaka, as the County strives to seal leakages in revenue collections that have been blamed for loss of millions of shillings in the County.

Transfer letters signed by acting County Secretary, Juma Matsanza, were handed out to the affected officers, who include treasurers and revenue officers, were handed out early this week.

Speaking when he addressed County government staff at the Bungoma County Assembly grounds, Lusaka revealed that revenue collections in the last three months have dipped and hoped that the reshuffle will help stop the malpractice.

He said that they are concerned that the figures of collected revenue are going down.

“We collected KES 17.8 million in April, KES 12.8 million in March, KES 12.7 million in June, KES 14.6 million in July and KES 11.6 million in August. A look at the figures shows there is something seriously wrong with our revenue collection mechanisms," said Lusaka, who warned corrupt County officers that they will be dealt with firmly.

He said the County government hopes to raise KES 2.9 billion to fund the deficit in its KES 6.5 billion budget this financial year hence the need to have individuals meet the set targets.

Consequently, the County government ought to collect KES 166 million in revenue per month, which has been elusive in the first three months of this financial year.

The governor said his government was going digital ‘to minimise contact between people and money to seal loopholes through which cartels were stealing revenue’.

Lusaka said individuals sabotaging revenue collection and those responsible for financial losses would be kicked out of the service.

"We are going to carry out a forensic audit and those found to have colluded to steal revenues will have to pay up and carry their own crosses as well. We  already have some names and will move quickly to weed out those who have been paying themselves huge amounts," he said.

The governor’s sentiment were backed by the County executive in charge of Public Administration, Mokin Ptanguny, and deputy governor, Hillary Chongwony, who were also emphatic that workers ought to add value in both service provision and delivery.

The speakers alluded a drop in revenue collections since March this year to poor supervision and outright theft by some corrupt elements singling out market fees, bus and matatu park fees alongside land rates as targets by thieving cartels.

Lusaka promised that salaries arrears that accrued during the time of the defunct local authorities amounting to KES 50 million would be paid once auditing was complete.

He also allayed fears among staff that they faced imminent sacking saying, "No one is going to be sacked. The County Public Service Board would regularise your employment and undertake appropriate deployment according to your qualifications,” said Lusaka.

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