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Kisumu County to automate its systems

17 June 2013, 18:59 Oduor Omondi

Kisumu County will automate all its systems to boost revenue collection even as it emerged that the lake side county had been banned from borrowing over the next 3 years.

Dr. Kennedy Hongo, Kisumu Governor’s Personal Assistant, said all Counties are heavily indebted after taking over former Local Authorities (Councils) and therefore all residents must focus their synergies towards developing their County.

Dr. Hongo said Kenya’s debt burden as a country vis-à-vis our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) stands at the optimum of 48% and so any County Government intending to borrow must be cleared by the national Treasury.

He made the remarks during an interview to clear the air over the disclosure that Kisumu County had been banned from borrowing for the next 3 years since it inherited all the assets and liabilities of the former Nyando, Ahero and Kisumu Councils.

“We are collaborating with development partners such as the World Bank, Israel and IFC who lend on behalf of the British High Commission in a deliberate attempt to attract investors to Kisumu,” Dr. Hongo explained.

However, he said the County government will soon seal all revenue leaks in a bid to start its operations on a clean slate and not on a borrowing or debt basis.

Dr. Hongo said the Transition Authority is compiling registers for assets and debts which respective Governors will inherit and it’s only then that each County Government can authoritatively talk on the level of indebtedness.

He stated that Kisumu County budget of KES 213 967 379 for recurrent expenditure had been approved for the period March - June, 2013 but this was being released in batches with the respective Governors and their management slowly but progressively learning the ropes.

Dr. Hongo disclosed that Kisumu County was also working closely with Lake Victoria Environmental Management Authority (LVEMP), Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) and Kenya Maritimes to clear the water hyacinth and restore lake transport once again.

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