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Sonko, Igathe storm county cash office

Nairobi Governor Mr Mike Sonko on Wednesday stormed the county cash office where he found Sh7 million in a drawer.

The governor made an impromptu visit at the cash office a day after his deputy, Polycarp Igathe visited the office and raised concern over operations.

On Wednesday, Mr Sonko, who was accompanied by Mr Igathe wondered why the money had not been banked yet it was collected the previous day.

“Under my watch, City Hall has ceased to be anyone’s cash cow. We shall streamline revenue collection and management in line with the Public Finance Management Act and guarantee efficient and timely service delivery to all residents,” said Mr Sonko.

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He demanded an explanation from the officers as to why the cash had not been banked yet all cheques had been deposited.

MONEY

A source at the cash office told the Nation that money collected the previous day should be banked in the evening or the next day by 9am.

Earlier, the governor held a series of meetings with chief officers and also met members of the Matatu Owners Association (MOA).

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Mr Sonko told MOA officials that he will work with the stakeholders to bring sanity in the transport sector.

He said top on his agenda is addressing parking fees, impounding fees, parking space, harassment by the county officers and traffic congestion.

He said impounding fee was illegal and the seasonal parking fee is too high. He promised to amend the Finance Bill once the assembly starts its sittings.

CONGESTION

On congestion, the MOA agreed to help the county in restructuring drop off and picking points especially on Moi Avenue, Tom Mboya, Ronald Ngala and River Road streets.

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The governor has also promised to review fees for the bus park.

“I will be consulting with the stakeholders on different occasion in a bid to end traffic congestion and also check on the welfare of the matatu and operations.

“We shall establish a centralised control system to reducing waiting time,” said Mr Sonko.

He said that they will also study existing reports like the Nairobi Decongesting Committee Report that will be implemented by the new government.

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