Transport Directorate Embraces Machine Hire To Boost Revenue Collection

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By Reuben Olita

Transport directorate in the department of Infrastructure and Energy has unveiled a raft of measures aimed at boosting revenue collection.

Making his contribution during projects implementation status meeting at the Busia Agricultural Training Centre, Transport and Energy Chief Officer, Engineer Gilbert Oduory said embracing machine hire will help Finance department boost its revenue collection.

“I am happy Members of the County Assembly have mooted the idea of machine hire instead of outsourcing them at exorbitant costs,” he said, urging other interested parties to emulate the example of honourable members.

The machines available for hire at favourable rates include graders, escavators, low loaders, tippers, rollers and shovel.

Eng Oduory said boda boda industry continues to grow by the day, thus the need to motivate the riders that will make them see sense in starting to pay taxes.

” I was behind the construction of 35 boda boda shades across the county. Construction of modern boda boda shades will entice them to start paying taxes which will help the county treasury meet its revenue target,” he said.

Finance Executive, Phaustine Barasa said the County Assembly has revised the revenue target to Sh500million in the 2021/2022 Financial Year compared to Sh1.2billion in the 2020/2021 FY.

” We have seconded enforcement officers, accountants and procurement officers to departments to help boost revenue collection. We hope to surpass the set target by Sh100m,”she said.

Acting Director Revenue, Theophilus Chitechi said despite the onset of Coronavirus pandemic that affected many revenue streams, they managed to collect Sh322m in the last financial year.

” We are going to achieve the Sh500m target with the support from all departments,” he said, adding that success can be achieved with concerted efforts from all stakeholders.

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