The Star (Nairobi)

19 July 2012

Kenya: Eldoret Council Collects Sh1 Billion From Defaulters

The Eldoret Municipal Council has collected more than Sh1 billion from land rate defaulters.

However more land owners still owe the council more than Sh6 billion in arrears accumulated in the last ten years. Mayor William Rono says the council has made progress in collecting the money. He says the council is in the process of computerising its services to boost revenue collections

Town clerk Stanslus Ondimu announced that the council has offered another three month to defaulters to pay up. The council has waived the interest and asked landowners to pay the principle amount. "We want them to take advantage of the waiver period," said Ondimu. The council has threatened to take to court those defaulters who will not heed their call. Many state organisations have payed up the taxes in part.

Kenya Railways Corporation has surrendered five acres of its land to the council. The council says it will use the land to put up a new bus stage. Two weeks ago the council outlined its annual budget. The council requires more than Sh1.2 billion to run its operations. Residents however have complained about heaps of garbage in many parts town.

They say the council has failed in it's mandate. "Look at the confusion in the streets. There are hawkers all over the CBD. The council appears to have lost control of the situation. " The money collected is wasted through deals and matters that have nothing to do with this town," said a representative of traders, Ben Kiplimo. The council said it has asked for financial support from partners in the United States to carry out their computerisation plan. The council said it hopes to collect Sh2 billion from defaulters before the end of the year.

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