, KIAMBU, Kenya, May 6 – The Kiambu County Government has reduced by half all rates and levies for middle and informal businesses in the county.
County residents recently wrote memorandums petitioning the county to reduce the rates as it was proving difficult to operate within the region.
Addressing business owners in Limuru, Kiambu Governor William Kabogo announced that although it would affect service delivery due to limited resources, the government would still deliver on its promise to the people.
On the anticipated revenue losses, Kabogo was quick to note that the government had devised measures of dealing with tax leakages that would be the biggest threat to revenue collection.
“The good thing is that it’s commensurate with the fact that we have computerised our systems and so revenue that was lost through leakages has been recovered. Although the targeted revenue collection will be affected by the reduction, we will still deliver services,” said Kabogo.
He expressed concern that the traders rarely attended the public participation and budget hearing meetings organised by the county despite pleas to do so.
“These traders send representatives to those meetings without knowing that they are sending activists. Perhaps it’s time Parliament legislates or defines what is truly public participation,” he noted.