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PROBE: Top Nairobi City Hall managers questioned over fraud

By Cyrus Ombati | Published Thu, September 7th 2017 at 11:54, Updated September 7th 2017 at 12:03 GMT +3
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko (PHOTO: FILE)

SUMMARY

  • 20 top officials grilled at City Hall in corruption probe
  • County to automate all revenue collection channels
  • Only 14 out of 136 revenue streams are automated with the rest being manual.

NAIROBI, KENYA: At least 20 top managers at City Hall have been questioned and recorded their statements in an ongoing probe into claims of corruption at the Nairobi County.

The officials include those from chief cashier's office, finance department, head of treasury, head of revenue, second in charge of revenue, in-charge of bank reconciliations and assistant cashier.

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Others are from daily parking, seasonal parking, parking penalties, single business permit, house rents, land rates, liquor licence, market rents, miscellaneous, E-Construction, Fire, Health, advertisement and regularisation.

They were grilled by a team appointed to investigate claims of fraud at City Hall.

The team camped in various departments at City Hall perusing through documents as they sought for evidence.

Records at City Hall indicate that about Sh14 million is collected daily from 14 streams while revenue from the other 122 cannot be verified as they still use manual receipts.

The 14 streams include daily parking, seasonal parking, parking penalties, single business permit, house rents, land rates, liquor licence, market rents, miscellaneous, E-Construction, Fire, Health, advertisement and regularisation.

Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko said there is a steady increase in revenue collection in the past week with the highest hitting Sh38 million on Monday and Sh37 million on Tuesday due to measures taken.

Last week, seven employees were arrested and presented in court over claims of corruption. This was after Sonko found Sh7 million in the cash office unbanked.

The seven are likely to be charged with abuse of office as being employees of the county government; they abused the authority by failing to bank the daily collection on August 22.

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