Kenyans to pay for gov’t services via single paybill as Ruto issues new orders
President William Ruto on Friday, June 30, directed state agencies to shut down multiple paybill numbers to allow Kenyans pay for services using a single channel.
The President said the move is aimed at centralising payment of government services and increasing accountability.
The President revealed that the official government paybill number is '222222' which will be managed by the National Treasury. Any agency operating a different paybill is required to shut it down within 90 days.
"There is a dedicated government pay channel, 222222. All government revenue must go through 222222 so that Treasury can have sight of every government service that is paid for," President Ruto said.
"In the next 90 days, all other pay bills must be shut down because we have a problem with some of the pay bills that we cannot even account for."
The President spoke during the unveiling of Digital Government Services dubbed Gava Mkononi at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi.
At least 5,000 services have been digitised and are available on the e-Citizen portal.
Lauding the government initiative, the Head of State said digitisation of government services will enhance efficiency and inclusivity in service delivery.
According to the President, the system eliminates inefficiency, corruption, wastage and discrimination that is inherent in human interactions.
The services will also be available on the e-Citizen platform’s USSD code *2222# and Gava Express.
“Gava Express will be available in more than 250,000 M-Pesa shops, 28,000 KCB shops, 40,000 Equity shops and 22,000 Cooperative Bank shops to serve those without smartphones,” President Ruto explained.