The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Mombasa Collecting Sh300 Million Tax a Month

THE Mombasa government is collecting between Sh250 and Sh300 million in a month, Finance executive Walid Khalid has said. Walid said the defunct municipal council was collecting Sh50 million in a month, but they have raised the amount after sealing all corruption loopholes.

Speaking to the press at the Kenya School of Government Mombasa, Walid said they are targeting to collect half a billion every month. "We are currently doing well in terms of revenue collection. We want to collect the maximum possible revenue to improve on our service delivery," he said.

Walid said the now defunct municipal council was marred by corruption, which made it difficult to collect enough money to run its services. He said it collected an average of Sh1 million daily while the county government is collecting Sh9 million in a day. Walid said they inherited huge debts from the former leadership and had to reclaim property which had been seized over loans.

Earlier this week, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho received title deeds for Buxton estate from Family Bank after paying Sh200 million accrued debt. Joho's government had to pay the debt after the council was unable to pay the Sh102 million-loan it had obtained to pay its workers.

The workers had threatened to go on strike over salary arrears. The amount rose to Sh200 million after a 47 per cent interest and penalties were added. Joho said his government has tightened revenue collection at the Kongowea market which was previously collecting Sh500,000 in a day, but they have since raise the collection to Sh2 million daily.

He has also terminated a 15-year parking fee contract that was awarded to Kenya Airport Parking Services for what he termed as loss of millions of money. Joho said Kaps was giving the county government Sh1 million in a month though they were collecting Sh18 million in a month.

They have recruited 100 youths in the inspectorate department to replace the Kap's employees. The inspectorate is thinking on how to start collecting parking fees from outside the CBD roads. They are targeting roads in Kisauni and Nyali.

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