Narok County is overhauling its revenue collection system to embrace automation and a revised range of revenue streams. The position of a Director of Revenue Collection has been established and will be filled within the next one month. At the same time, the internal audit office will be strengthened to match the needs of all departments and sub-county offices.
The new measures are part of the decisions reached by a financial management strategic planning meeting of the county’s top brass that closed yesterday in Naivasha. The meeting was attended by the County’s CECs, Chief Officers and key staff from Finance, Internal Audit, IT and the Governor’s office.
County Governor, Samuel Tunai, opened the meeting on Monday with a firm directive for the meeting to make a clean break with the past and craft an efficient, transparent and cost-effective system of revenue collection that will maximize on the county’s potential.
The Governor also directed that the new system has to be in place and working within weeks. As a start, he ordered that each CEC would henceforth submit a monthly written briefing on the state of revenue collection in their docket, service delivery and projects implementation.
The Governor underlined the seriousness of his intent to change things with a brunt warning to all staff, particularly senior staff, to shape up or ship out. Those who will not embrace the new revenue collection and financial management system – and those who fail to maintain a professional work ethic, including working without supervision and observing the necessary level of confidentiality – will be shown the door.
Among the new measures is the setting up of revenue targets pegged on a study of existing revenue streams. Besides automation, revenue collection staff will be incorporated into a new, fully reorganized and rationalized structure with strict supervision and enforcement mechanism.
In addition, a raft of recommendations from the Auditor General Report will be adopted alongside proposals made by an internal committee that has been studying the problem. They include development – and circulation to all accounting officers – of new internal guidelines on revenue collection and financial management within a month, plus a revamped reporting and enforcement template.
The County’s new Finance CEC, Morgan Siloma, will be leading the implementation of the new revenue collection and financial management regime.
Governor Tunai Signals Major Changes in the Financial Management of Narok County
The Governor of Narok, Samuel Tunai, yesterday opened a strategy meeting of the county’s financial managers with a raft of tough directives to overhaul the county’s financial management system.
Speaking barely a week after reshuffling his Cabinet, the Governor made it clear in his opening remarks that he expects the strategy meeting to mark a turning point in how the county’s revenues are collected and spent. “After this workshop…I want strict internal guidelines fashioned on the provisions of PFM Act to be circulated in every department and to every accounting officer. There must also be clear reporting templates developed and circulated within the next one month.”
The Governor directed the meeting to focus on four issues: managing capital, managing operating expenses across the departments, managing debt and financial management capability.
The result must be an integrated system of revenue collection and operating expenses that will have set roles and responsibilities for the finance department, each department dealing with a particular revenue stream, sub-county offices and the internal audit section. “If we get it right in financial management, we will get it right in executing all necessary plans captured in the CIDP in the stipulated time” declared the Governor.
Governor Tunai also put on notice all county employees involved in financial management including revenue collection, project implementation and release of funds to the various departments.
While reassuring everyone that there would be no victimization, the Governor warned all county financial managers against laxity and any unprofessional behavior. “It will no longer be OK to have field travels delayed because of laxity in the finance department” said the Governor. “It will no longer be OK to collect 25% of revenue from the Mara”
The Governor also directed that, going forward, he will expect a monthly written briefing on the state of projects and implementation from each CEC.
Yesterday’s session was attended by Chief Officers from the all the county departments alongside key staff from Finance, Internal Audit, IT and the Governor’s office. Newly appointed Finance CEC, Morgan Siloma led the proceedings with the help of Tax and Fiscal Consultant, Philip Korir.
On Tuesday, all CECs are expected to join the strategy retreat to be appraised of the new financial management system – and to propose any necessary changes before the new system is put to effect.
The retreat comes amid heightened preparations for the Narok Investment Summit scheduled for November this year.
15 Narok County Staff Win Medals at KICOSCA Games - and Book Places for Rwanda Championships in October
Congratulations to all the Narok County Government athletes who did the county proud in the Kenya Inter-Counties Sports and Cultural Association (KICOSCA) Games that took place last week in Eldoret.
15 of our county staff athletes scooped Gold, Silver and Bronze medals – which means they have booked their place in the East African championships to be held in Rwanda in October.
Here is the list of honor:
1. Saroi Lesaloi – Winner, 200m and 400m.
2. Suyanka Mututua – Winner, 100m
3. Tom Lemurt – Winner, 400m
4. Mitei Cheruiyot – Silver medal, 10,000m
5. Anne Keter – Silver medal, 5000m
6. Beatrice Matheka – 400m and 800m
7. Gold medalist in 4X1 and 4X4 Relays- Tom Lemurt ,Nguto, Saroi Lesaloi and Suyanka Mututua
8. Taparia Kiminta – Winner, 1,500m
9. Jane Ronyo – Silver medal in 400m and in Javelin
10. Gold medal in Darts – Team members: Hon Benard parsaloi, francis Naiswaku, Janet Nkoitiko, Daniel Soit, Richard Kotene,Anthony Kimutai, Hon Anthony Soyiantet, Hon Violet Sikawa
The Narok County pool team took the silver medal and also qualified for the EA championships. The team: Jonathan Kipees, Sarbabi Yiaile, Repes Naikumi, James Rimpaine and Shadrack Mwanik.
Also taking pole position for the county was Narok County Traditional Dance Troupe which took position 1 in Folk Song category and position 3 in Dance Song category.
This year’s KICOSCA Games were attended by teams from all the 47 counties, plus a team from the National Government. The Narok team was led CEC for Education and Social Services, Hon. John Marindany, MCA’s and the County Secretary Lenku Seki.
Return of the King!
Congratulations from Narok County are in order to our County’s pre-eminent athlete, David Rudisha.
The long legged child of Narok took back his 800m World Champion throne yesterday (August 25) at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.
Rudisha is also the reigning 800m Olympic Champion but it was not clear until yesterday whether he would successfully defend his IAAF World Championship title because of a nagging knee injury that had slowed him down since 2013. In the event, the King shrugged off the fears with an imperial performance, clocking 1 minute and 45.84 seconds.
Hail to the King!
Rongena shopping centre at the boundary of Mara and Ilmotiok wards had a day to remember on Friday as Governor Samuel Tunai presided over a fundraiser like none other. Flanked by his deputy Everlyn Arusa and 7 MCAs, the Governor led the people of the two wards in raising a record 7 million for widows from the two wards.
It was the first time a harambee has been held for widows in Narok – and possibly the first time so much money has been raised for widows anywhere in Kenya. Governor Tunai brought 2 million from the county government and an additional 1,930,000 from his friends and associates. Deputy Governor Everlyn Arusa, the unofficial patron of the moment because it was her that the two women groups had first approached for help earlier in the year, chipped in with 500,000.
Governor Tunai also brought an additional 500,000 from Deputy President William Ruto.
Later, Bomett Governor, Isaac Rutto – whose county’s border with Narok is a few kilometers from Rongena – joined the harambee and added 200,000 to the kitty.
The MCAs in attendance all enthusiastically supported the fundraiser. The host MCA, Deputy Speaker Ketuyio Otuni gave 800,000 while six of his County Assembly colleagues backed him with various contributions. Nominated MCA Monica Chebet gave 200,000 while Narok Town MCA, Benard Torome and Siana Ward MCA Siololo gave 20,000 each. Ilmotiok MCA Barusei, Nominated MCA Lucy Ololngojine, Ilkerin MCA Ezekiel Kiprono and Sogoo Ward MCA Moses Cheruyiot added 10,000 each.
The two women groups, led by Mama Elizabeth Masasa from Ilmotiok ward could not hide their joy at the hugely successful fundraiser. They recalled how they had initially approached Deputy Governor Arusa for help in raising funds in March this year and how she had linked them to the Governor who turned out to be greatly interested in their plight. The two women groups thanked the governor and his team for the support and promised to invest the funds in income generating ventures that could give a livelihood to all the women involved.
A visibly happy Governor Tunai assured the two groups – and all women and youth of Narok – of his support in line with his promise in his election manifesto to empower women and youth across the county. He promised to follow-up on the national funds for the elderly and, to cap a hugely successful day, promised to continue with his efforts to marshal investors to set up a milling plant in the area. Already, the Narok County Government is finalizing plans for a major investor summit later this year and several investors have expressed their interest in setting up milling and other major investments in the County.
Mulot Boda Boda Sacco is now on its way into the league of major local investors clubs, thanks to a fundraising conducted yesterday, July 30, by Governor Samuel Tunai. The fundraiser netted over 2 million in an event that was also graced by the Deputy Governor, Everlyne Aruasa and several MCAs. The Governor also handed over 100 driving licenses to members of the group who had successfully completed a driving training course sponsored by the County Government.
CEC Health and medical services Vivian Mpetti accompanied by the two chief officers Stephen Meriki and Faith Njoki together with doctors and nurses flagging off medicines at Narok Referral Hospital. The medicines worth 53 million this quarter will be distributed to Narok Referral hospital, Kilgoris level five hospital, Lulunga district hospital, Lolgorian subdistrict hospital and other 103 rural dispensaries. The CEC encouraged the community to register their names through public health so as to receive mosquito treated nets.
Narok County is not only jazzed up by the imminent arrival to Kenya of Barack Obama but also celebrating the return home of our very own athletics star, Kumari Ole Taki, from a heroic performance in the just concluded IAAF Junior World Championship. Kumari, a young man from iltuati village of Olokurto ward, won the 1,500m Gold Medal in a record of 3.36.38. He jetted back from Cali, Colombia, yesterday and we made sure everyone at JKIA knew a son of Narok was in town. Big Up Kumari!
Narok County Governor Samuel Tunai signing an MOU with Kenya Vision 2030 delivery secretariat Ag Director general Prof Wainaina Gituro. The purpose of the MOU is to establish a unit that will coordinate the implementation of national and county government of narok flagship projects and monitor their performance
The Narok County Government had the honor to host the All African Games and Desert wheel race qualifiers for persons with disabilities. The colorful event held at the Maasai Mara University ground was graced by a number of dignitaries led by the speaker of the Narok county assembly Hon.Nicholus Olooltisati Kamwaro who was the Chief guest. The function was also attended by a number of members of county assembly led by Hon. Soila Sikawa who represents PWDs in the county assembly. Other MCAs present were Hon. Anthony Soyiantet, Hon. Henry Siololo, Hon.Benard Torome, Hon. Mercy Keiwua. The deparment of sports and social services staffs led by the C.E.C Hon. John Marindany and the two COs and Directors also attended the function which saw five paralympics drawned from various categories of sporting activities qualify to take part in the 4th edition of Desert Wheel Race to be held in Isiolo county between the 18th-22nd August 2015