Uasin Gishu Governor, Dr. Jonathan Bii, has officially affirmed the County’s strategic initiative to comprehensively map all business premises across the region. This undertaking is poised to yield long-term benefits, fostering improved public services within the County.
The extensive exercise aims to gather data from approximately 80,000 business premises, with the primary objectives of enhancing revenue collection and subsequently facilitating the County Government in delivering superior services to the residents of Uasin Gishu.
Governor Bii identifies this initiative as an integral component of the new revenue system, the Sisibo Pay. During the flagging off of enumerators at the county headquarters on Monday, he emphasized the potential impact, stating, “From this exercise, we anticipate collecting over Ksh 2.7 billion in our own source revenue. This will not only stabilize our economy but also contribute to the progress of our county.”
In a bid to support businesses further, the Governor announced a reduction in monthly motorbike stickers, from Ksh 600 to Ksh 400 in the CBD and Ksh 300 in peri-urban centers.
Eliud Chemaget, Chief Officer for Finance, and Geoffrey Tanui, his counterpart for Trade, underscored the importance of the collected data for policy formulation, emphasizing the need for full cooperation from the business community.
Mr. Chemaget clarified that mapping business locations would simplify the identification of licensed and unlicensed businesses. He assured the business community of an extended license application deadline, moving it from March 31st to April 30th.
Jonah Lamai, County Director of Revenue Management, urged enumerators to engage with the public effectively, emphasizing the pivotal role of licenses and land rates in revenue generation.
David Kebenei, Licensing and Compliance Director, highlighted that the data collected would inform the tailoring of the Inua Biashara Fund, aiming to benefit more traders based on real and current information. He emphasized that the exercise would also address the growth and expansion of businesses over time, facilitating the issuance of new licenses in accordance with policies. Notably, the current business data used for issuing licenses dates back to 2015.