Murang’a County Governor Irungu Kang’ata. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

Payment for services at Murang’a County Government will be done through mobile money transfer to stamp out diversion of revenue.

Governor Irungu Kang’ata’s administration has launched online payment for services, after a successful pilot programme in Murang’a town that led to increased revenue collection since September 2022.

Mr Kang’ata said the revenue collected digitally reflects a rise as compared to the manual system where funds were being diverted.

“From today January 1, 2023 payment for county government services will be through an online platform to end the diversion of resources,” the governor said when he addressed a gathering to celebrate a New Year in Murang’a town.

Sources said in the past, revenue collectors pocketed half of the collections daily with the majority resisting introduction of mobile money transfer.

Kang’ata Care

At Murang’a Level Five Hospital, the payment has risen to Sh150,000 per day, from Sh70,000 that was collected manually. At the parking bay, payment has risen to Sh50,000, up from Sh37,000.

“In the new digital system, we are collecting Sh50,000 daily in Murang’a town markets, up from Sh25,000,” he said.

In the quarries, he added the revenue collection had shot up to Sh50,000 daily, from Sh22,000.

The governor also launched distribution of NHIF cards to some 21,000 beneficiaries, enrolled in the Sh170 million Kang’ata care programme.

“If approved by the county assembly, we shall be recruiting more people in the health scheme as presently the 21,000 households have at least 100,000 members who will be covered,” he said.

Mr Kang’ata said his administration will partner with road construction agencies in paving urban roads. “The programme will start in Murang’a town,” he said.