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Kisumu County may lose millions in uncollected land rates

04 December 2013, 17:44

Kisumu - The Kisumu County government may lose millions of shillings in uncollected land rates following revelations that some unscrupulous officials under the defunct municipal council have interfered with financial records.

Speaking to the media today after attending a public function, Governor Jacktone Ranguma revealed that records that showed outstanding debts they inherited from the defunct Kisumu municipal council and county council authorities have disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

He said his government was therefore unable to access the relevant data to help in identifying their debtors.

“It is a challenge to collect the land rates since some of the defaulters have  gone further and subdivided the initial land and sold them off”, he added.

But in a move to seal corruption, the governor said his office had initiated the automation of revenue collection.

“We have started on trial basis the automation of our revenue collection where a customer will only be required to have a debit card to swipe and access our services”, he added.

He said the move to digitize revenue collection is aimed at sealing corruption loopholes and enhancing accountability. Three month ago six senior officials, including the Kisumu town engineer and physical planner Adrian Ouma and Absolom Ayang and others in ICT department and clerical sections were suspended for allegedly selling a council’s estate, Arina.

 The accused are yet to be charged in court.

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