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Governor calls for review of revenue sharing bill

18 May 2015, 09:15 Joseph Njung'eh

Kirinyaga - Kirinyaga Governor, Joseph Ndathi has called for an urgent review of the Revenue sharing Bill saying his residents are receiving peanuts compared to the billions they generate towards the national kitty.

Ndathi said during the 2014/2015 financial year, his county received KES 3.1 billion while it generates over KES 30 billion a year.

“From our coffee, tea, fish, horticulture, dairy industries and the rice sector, what we contribute to the national government’s kitty stands at over KES 30 billion per year while what they remit to us is only KES 3.1 billion over the same period,’’ he said.

Tea remains the highest foreign exchange earner in the country and earned area farmers KES 14 billion while 70 percent of rice in the country is also produced in the County.

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The Governor said in order for the County to prosper and develop like others, the Commission for Revenue Allocation (CRA) should urgently have the Revenue Bill reviewed to make what counties receive commensurate with what they generate.

He added during the same period, only KES 300 million was collected in form of revenue from taxes and other related business levies in the County against an estimated KES 700 million.

“As as result of the KES 400 million shortfall, my County was forced to get the money from other projects funded by the CRA while this should not have been the case in the first place,’’ he said.

He said mechanisms to enhance proper revenue collection have been put in place and urged traders and the business community to ensure they pay their dues promptly.

Ndathi was addressing traders from Kagio market at Catholic Church Hall after an extensive tour of the market.

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