NAIROBI, Kenya, May 12 – Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has refuted claims that he ignored the views of residents on rates and levies and instead said that they were taken into account when determining rates and levies in the area.
Speaking during a public forum at the Thika Community Hall where views from stakeholders mainly traders were collected, the Kiambu Governor stated that everyone’s views is important and is always taken into consideration before decisions are made.
The Senate had asked the County government of Kiambu to stop collecting levies as per their 2014 Finance Act, pending an inquiry by its Finance and Budget Committee on why and how it came up with rates.
“As a county government we have talked to the Senate Finance and Budget Committee for a very long time on the issue of fees and levies. We have already spoken to them and they should do their work as the Senate and we will do our job as the County Government,” he stated.
Last week, Kabogo announced a 50 percent reduction of the business permits in the County.
Kabogo had 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, he was quick to note that the government had devised measures of dealing with tax leakages that would be the biggest threat to revenue collection.
He expressed concern that the traders rarely attended the public participation and budget hearing meetings organised by the county despite pleas to do so.