The Busia County Governor HE Sospeter Ojaamong on Monday launched the Mpesa paybill system as a digital cashless mode of payment to be adopted in collecting revenue across all county services at the Busia County Headquarters.
The county chief pledged to utilize the cashless paybill system to facilitate collection of up to 1.5 billion Kenya shillings across diverse revenue streams. He specifically pointed to the fact that land rates are capable of raising up to 1 billion shillings, with the remaining balance of 500 million raised through other revenue streams.
Ojaamong was confident that the mpesa paybill system will greatly help in sealing any existing leakages that may have led to reduced revenue collection over the last seven years that the county has been in operation.
He acknowledged the fact that the county has in the last seven years failed to meet the revenue collection targets, hence the collective effort with the other partners to put in place the cashless payment system.
The development and launch of the Mpesa Paybill system was enabled by Busia county government in collaboration with iLAB Africa, Strathmore University, County Pro system and Safaricom.
The World Bank also facilitated the process by injecting 47 million Kenya shillings for the training of county revenue officers and staff in relevant departments to ensure improves revenue collection.
The county governor used the launch event to encourages Busia county residents to pay swiftly for county services, committing to the fact that the county revenue will be put to proper use.
He further warned anyone who may be contemplating sabotage of the payment process that they will not succeed.
Also present at the paybill launch event was the Chief Officer for Finance department, Mrs Prisca Omoit, the County Finance committee chair Hon Fredrick Musirimba among others.
On the questions raised regarding resources used to launch the paybill while other issues needed more attention, the Chief Officer for Finance department Mrs Omoit argued that the event was not only to launch the paybill but to actualize the long awaited automated revenue collection process whose preparations began three years ago.