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Sonko team accuses Controller of Budget of frustrating City Hall operations.

Nairobi County has accused the Controller of Budget of overstepping in the management of funds, thereby slowing operations at City Hall.

Acting Finance CEC Charles Kerich said the government should review the role of the COB since it has turned to an "audit organ". Agnes Odhiambo is the office holder.

Nairobi, whose Governor is Mike Sonko, has to get approval from the COB to withdraw funds from the county revenue fund, which writes to Central Bank for the release of the money.

"When we make requests to the COB, decisions that take one day takes months. This cannot work. You are inconveniencing us. We feel we are being punished for doing the right thing,' Kerich said.

He added that two weekly work plans are needed for the county to be efficient, but that approval by the COB takes months.

Kerich further noted that the role of the COB is to check if requests are within budget and accounts have money. The auditing of payments is the mandate of the Attorney General, he said.

The executive requested the assembly to come up with a bill that will see the county retain some funds for operations.

Kerich added that for efficiency the county will also have to tighten its revenue collection channels.

'After this budget, we will go for the revenue. Expect us to clamp and bring down buildings, tow vehicles and fix the system,' he said.

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Kerich added that the county will also consider other ways of collecting revenue after the expiry of the contract for the E-jiji payment system.

He also said he will appoint a business transition task force after the contract ends.

'We will meet all stakeholders and come up with ways of collecting revenue either through a private company, running our own system or having KRA do it on our behalf."

On the introduction of charges for private parking entities, he said implementation will see them get separate business licences.

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Publication:The Star (Nairobi, Kenya)
Date:Jun 27, 2018
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