The Nakuru County Assembly has adopted a report on the 2020 County Fiscal Paper but with calls on the County Executive to upscale its efforts in the local revenue collection to stem the perpetual revenue under-performance.
According to the report tabled on Tuesday morning by the Budget committee and adopted in the afternoon by the committee of the whole house, the county government has been performing poorly in terms of local revenue collection.
In his contribution on the floor before the report was adopted, Naivasha’s Olkaria Ward MCA Peter Palang’a raised concerns on the poor revenue collection by the executive.
According to MCA Palang’a, the revenue collection should be taken serious by the executive.
He argues that the collection has always remained below the target.
The MCA also raising an issue with pending bills and the debts resolution at the county.
He says this is an area that needs to be revisited adding g that there could be cartels using the same to embezzle tax payer’s money.
“The area of revenue collection within this county as well as pending bills and debts resolution is an area that should be looked into keenly. I am afraid this is an area where some individuals maybe using to embezzle tax payer’s money” said MCA Palang’a.
Sentiments echoed by Naivasha East Ward MCA Stanley Karanja and his Biashara ward counterpart Peter Njoroge.
The two proposing that the revenue collection in urban areas within Nakuru County should be done at departmental level.
On his part Lakeview Ward MCA Karanja Mburu lauding the move by executive on health sector,Youth docket as well as the Boresha barabara issue.
He said this are key issues that touch on the electorates stating that with the adoption of thee report, it was now time to move to the next step of budget preparation.
“I support this document and urge this house to adopt it so that we can move to the next level of developing the budget” he said.
Other members who contributed include MCA Eddy Kiragu(Flamingo) MCA Gathariki Kamanu(Maella) MCA Isaac Wahome(Kiamaina), and MCA Peter Kajwang'(Kaptembwa).
The members all touching on the key issues among them Boresha Barabara, Completion of projects, Allocation from National Government and Poor revenue collection in Nakuru County.
The adopted report on the 2020 County Fiscal Paper also recommends that the county deliberately target implementation of development projects within the financial year they are budgeted for.
According to the County Assembly Budget and Appropriation Committee, this will ensure that there is no delay and financial constraints to the county.
It should be noted that the county has had challenges over new projects implementations due to the ongoing previous projects that are yet to be completed.
In relation to the above, the committee has recommended that the county focuses on completing and operationalising the already ongoing projects as opposed to initiation of new projects in order to reduce the huge backlog of ongoing projects.
On procurement, the committee noted that the pooling of procurement officers has created unnecessary bureaucracy and bottlenecks processes that hinder timely procurement of goods and services.
In this regard, the committee has directed that the county treasury to re-consider this in order to enhance efficiency in the procurement of goods and service.
Lastly the committee has urged the county to explore for sustainable strategies for promoting culture.