Collection of revenue in Kisumu County is to be digitised, Governor Jack Ranguma has said. Ranguma said the county contract independent firm to digitalise the operation.
"We are aware of the system being developed by the government to aid counties in digitasing revenue operations. But we know such projects can take years to be implemented and we want to start our own as soon as possible to seal loopholes in revenue collection," Ranguma said.
Speaking before the Senate Committee on Education and ICT, he said the county has already approached an ICT firm to automate revenue collection. Ranguma said the digitisation will help the county generate up to four times the revenue it collects.
He said that the move mainly targets payment of parking fees to seal loopholes that result in revenue losses. The governor said the county collects about 55 per cent of its potential revenue.
Last month the county increased its revenue collection by Sh20 million per week after changes in the revenue department. The county has a Sh5.9 billion budget with a deficit of over Sh1 billion.
The governor also revealed plans to set up a 24 hour wifi system for the residents of Kisumu to aid a yet to be launched marine engineering school in the county.
"We have sourced around for a university that offers marine engineer to partner with but we haven't succeeded we want to initiate an online course for such but we have to have a 24 hour working wireless internet connection for the city", said Ranguma.
During the visits the chairman of the senate committee on education and ICT Mutahi Kagwe said they plan to make Kisumu County an ICT hub by piloting the digitalization of services in the county.