Governor Gideon Mung'aro unveils plan to double Kilifi revenue to Sh2.5b

Kilifi Governor Gideon Mung'aro. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

Kilifi County plans to double own-source revenue to Sh2.5 billion, up from Sh1.1 billion last year.

Governor Gideon Mung’aro said the county will revamp its inspectorate department to monitor revenue collection and seal revenue leakages.

On Tuesday, June 27, the county chief launched the Transport Inspectorate Directorate, pursuant to the Kilifi County Transport Regulation and Control Act passed by the county assembly in 2016.

In the new Act, the directorate whose staff were trained at the County Inspectorate Training School in Mombasa will, among others, exercise all functions, powers and duties related to the traffic regulations and control act.

Mung'aro said county law courts would be established in major towns to charge offenders, hence reducing the burden on ordinary law courts.

“When you arrest an offender, take him straight to court and that is how we will raise revenue. The prosecutions will make people disciplined and help improve service delivery,” he said.

Ganze MP Kenneth Kazungu warned the inspectorate against taking their new roles as avenues to harass residents, saying such action could taint the department's image.

Kilifi South MP Ken Chonga challenged the administration to employ more officers.