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MCA raises queries about city accounts

Monday, December 11th, 2023 02:00 | By
Makongeni Ward Rep Peter Imwatok at a past event. PHOTO/David Ndolo

Nairobi County revenue systems have not been audited since 2013, Nairobi County Assembly Majority leader Peter Imwatok has claimed.

Imwatok (pictured) said failure to audit the accounts had made it impossible to accurately determine amount of revenue collected.

“We are alarmed to discover that the revenue systems have never been audited since their automation in 2013,” he said.

Imwatok is leading an ad-hoc committee of 10 members which is probing how revenues are collected and utilised and where the systems are located.

So far the committee has initiated meetings with county executives from the Finance and ICT departments, and service providers who are expected to shed more light on the matter.

“We urge all witnesses to cooperate. We caution against any attempts to frustrate the committee’s mandate,” Imwatok said.

The committee is set to hold its public hearing session at Charter Hall on December 13 and 14. The committee will take the public views.

“We assure the citizens of Nairobi that the committee is steadfast and committed to uncovering the truth behind bewildering the collection of revenue in Nairobi,” he said.

Details from a recent committee sitting claim officials of the Nairobi County Government have never seen or owned the city’s revenue system.

Mysterious man

Chief Officer Smart Nairobi Tirus Wainaina claimed that Nairobi Revenue Service  (NRS), a system used by the county government to collect revenue, is controlled by a mysterious man.

Wainaina made the revelation when he appeared before Imwatok’s committee.

The chief officer claimed he had only communicated with the mysterious man through the ICT ministry.

He also claimed his mode of communication with the man was via email or phone call.

“When we want to contact NRS or when the system is down, we formally contact the ICT ministry to rectify the issue. The ministry gave us his contacts for inquiries,” he said.

“I do not want to confirm whether he is an employee there or not. All I know is that he has the knowledge of the system.”

The committee was tasked to investigate the unexplained drop in revenue collection.

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