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Council Of Nakuru Stops lawyers from collecting Rates

08 August 2012, 14:55 Steve Wambugu

THE Municipal Council of Nakuru has rescinded its earlier decision of permitting its panel of lawyers to collect the property rates from the
defaulters in the ongoing waiver period to clear the levies.

This is after the council realized that under the Local Government Act, they were not be allowed to act as agents of the council in collecting the rates, Rather they are only to serve the defaulters with a notice to settle the debts directly with the council or otherwise take legal action against them.

“When we decided to affect the waiver, we gave the lawyers the permit to receive the money on our behalf .However, later under the law we realised that they were not allowed. So they are no longer to receive the money on our behalf,” said the council’s town clerk, Wilson Maroa.

In a notice published yesterday in one of the dailies, the town clerk directed all the property owners who have already settled their debts
through the council’s advocates to submit the receipts to the land rates officer.

Maroa noted that some of the advocates have not been remitting the principal amount to the council upon recipient of the liquid cash.

This has inconvenienced the property owners while clearing with the council as the records still reflect their outstanding balance.

“Some of the lawyers have been corrupt. They receive the money and do not remit it to the council. So the property owners fail to clear because the records indicate the same debt,” said Maroa.

By submitting the advocate’s receipt, the council will be able to reclaim the money from the identified legal officer.

The town clerk therefore has advised all the defaulters to pay directly to
the council through the land rates officer

So far since the beginning of the waiver period on July 2,Maroa said there
has been a tremendous response from the defaulters.

The defaulters owed the council over Sh 300 million with the government.

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