Wednesday August 7, 2019 - Kakamega Governor, Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya, sent his County staff home on Tuesday over graft.
The 143 revenue officials were sent on a 60-day compulsory leave by the Governor for failing to meet the target in revenue collection.
The Governor also announced measures targeting to plug a Ksh600 million shortfall in the County’s own revenue collection.
He then ordered County Executives and Chief Officers to supervise revenue collection in the 13 Sub-Counties affected for the next one month and ensure set targets are met.
"You must ensure I’m briefed daily on how much has been collected in each of the Sub-Counties,” stated Oparanya.
The County chief directed that County Executives and Chief Officers should join Sub-County Administrators in coordinating revenue collection, which had dropped to Ksh580 million.
The Sub-County Administrators and Ward Administrators will take up the functions of the revenue clerks.
The revenue staff will be required to report to the County Public Service Board for redeployment upon their return.
Oparanya threatened to fire County Executives and Chief Officers who fail to deliver.
He also appointed Beatrice Memo, who retired from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), to be in charge of the County Revenue Agency for one year.
The Kenyan DAILY POST