17 County Govts. boost  revenue collections by up to 30% via cashless systems

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County Governments that have adopted cashless systems have diminished leakages and boosted revenues by up to 30%.

The systems have made it easier for citizens to pay dues to the county governments while simultaneously enhancing the counties’ financial management allowing them to plan, control and monitor their finances.

“As part of our vision to help drive a digital-first economy, we have partnered with 43 counties to enable cashless payment systems and out of the 43 counties, 17 have integrated their systems end to end,” said Rita Okuthe, Chief Enterprise Officer, Safaricom.

She was speaking at the sidelines of the Sixth Annual Devolution Conference at Kirinyaga University in Kirinyaga County. Safaricom is the platinum sponsor of this year’s conference.

“In many of the counties that we have helped implement the cashless systems, revenues have gone up by up to three times,” said Okuthe.

Kiambu County is one of the counties that were first to adopt the cashless system to reduce the pilferage that characterises cash revenue collection and also improve convenience for clients, residents and visitors.

The collection system is backed by an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that is used for reporting as the payments go into a Paybill, and then through Real-Time Settlement (RTS) into the bank account.

The county runs the ERP, which is integrated into the M-PESA system, enabling the money to go straight to the bank.

The 17 counties that have employed end to end are; Uasin Gishu, Kiambu, Kajiado, Nairobi, Nyeri, Laikipia, Nakuru, Mombasa, Kwale, Vihiga, Kisumu, Taita Taveta, Kitui, Makueni, Kericho, Kilifi and Nandi.