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Daily Nation : February 20th 2014
24 | County News REPUBLIC OF KENYA CRISIS | Call to revive feeding plan SAMBURU COUNTY GOVERNMENT EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF REVENUE COLLECTION SYSTEM 2014 Problem Statement The Samburu County Government wishes to implement a revenue collection system that stops revenue leakages, ensures adequate information to the County customers, maximizes on revenue collection to support the Government’s development agenda and services delivery to citizens. The proposed solution should ensure transparency of the revenue collection processes, embedded control mechanisms, data security and reliability. Objectives of the Revenue Collection System The specific objective of the assignment will be to deploy a revenue collection solution that meets the following minimal features: • Supports collection from multiple revenue streams including single business permits, market, stalls, parking fees, real estates, land rates, etc. • • • • • • • • • Must be an all-in-one enterprise revenue collection and management system with a single secure database Must be able to provide all standard financial reports Must be parameter driven to allow the county to add additional revenue sources without customization or development Must have in built e ticketing system Must have in built licensing management system • Works within existing communication infrastructure and does not contravene any existing laws. Provides real time transaction reports on a secure central server that must be accessible on web and mobile platforms. Must be able to provide remote/mobile capabilities: Lightweight device with attached printer can enable collection on a handheld computer and have receipts printed at the scene that are legible, durable, weather-proof, and most importantly accurate Integrates with existing key systems including IFMIS and IPPD Maps the County revenue sources including real estate property, market stalls, etc. Supports both cash and cashless options including mobile money and online payments etc. • Works in both online and offline modes as a safeguard from network failures. • • • • Facilitates supervision, monitoring and enforcement. Provides adequate information to payers (customers). Must be able to perform bank reconciliations Must have a customer portal to allow citizens to interact with the county and pay for services online • Must have complete auditing capabilities to facilitate sound public finance management by automating the entire process from collection to integrating with IFMIS to bank account reconciliation Scope of Work The scope of work for the successful consultant will include; • • • Implementation of a Revenue Collection System Carry out appropriate system integration Training of County Revenue Staff and System Administrators Deliverables The assignment should ensure the following deliverables: a) Supply, installation of the solution which includes servers, hardware and software. b) A revenue collection solution with 99.9% availability. c) Technical and operational training to “County Government revenue staff and the system administrators. d) Appropriate documentations and manuals. e) Minimum of one year hardware and software warranty with comprehensive service level agreement and a 24/7 local technical support. Qualification Requirements In order to carry out this assignment, Samburu County Government wishes to engage a professional IT firm to implement the Revenue Collection system The firms must meet these requirements; • • • • • Meet statutory requirements including Tax Compliance, VAT Certificate and Certificate of Incorporation/registration. Comply with all Central Bank of Kenya regulations regarding mobile transactions as regulatory framework. Comply with Communications Commission of Kenya regulations regarding communication such as Mobile Communications, Wireless Communications, etc. Demonstrate evidence of a history and capabilities to handle revenue collection and large number of transactions. Demonstrate evidence of the capacity to manage risks associated with projects of this nature. Sealed Expressions of interest must be deposited by 6th March, 2014 at 10.00 am Kenyan time in the Tender Box clearly marked situated at County Treasury Offices (former Town Council Offices). Opening of the proposal shall follow, thereafter immediately the same day. All proposals must be addressed to; County Secretary Samburu County Government P.O. Box 3-20600 MARALAL PETER WARUTUMO | NATION A pupil is served a meal at Kanam Kemer Primary School in Lodwar, Turkana County. Education Secretary Kiragu wa Magochi has said the lack of food in schools in arid and semi-arid regions has made children to stop attending lessons Biting hunger drives children out of school UN food agency urged to resume relief supplies to satellite institutions BY SAMMY LUTTA firstname.lastname@example.org M ore than 10,000 children in Turkana have dropped out of school due to hunger. Education Secretary Kiragu wa Magochi said lack of food in schools had made the children stop attending lessons. “We are working on an in- tegrated approach with other ministries to encourage more children, especially in northern Kenya, to go to school. We cannot allow children to miss school because of hunger,” said Mr Magochi (right). Education centres He was addressing the launch of Modelling Integrated Nomadic Education and Child-Friendly Schools at Kanam Kemer Primary School in Turkana Central on Tuesday. Area leaders urged the World Food Programme to continue providing relief food to satellite schools. “I went to school because of food. Schools with food attract children in arid and semi-arid areas like Turkana,” said area MP John Lodepe. ‘‘ Women’s Representative Joyce Emanikor noted that school feeding programme “is an obvious pull factor in education sector”. Mr Lodepe urged the na- tional government to appeal to WFP to resume the satellite early childhood development centres. County director of educa- tion Nicodemus Anyang said school enrolment had dropped from 130,000 in 2013 to 118,000 this year after withdrawal of the school feeding programme. DAILY NATION Thursday February 20, 2014 BRIEFLY NAROK Lawmaker asks chiefs to fight illicit brews Narok West MP Patrick ole Ntutu has called on the provincial administration to intensify the fight against illicit brews in his constituency. Mr Ntutu yesterday claimed that five people had already died in the area after consuming the bootleg drinks while some men had failed in their family obligations. Speaking at Rongena area after issuing Sh6 million cheques for bursaries and classroom construction from the CDF kitty, the lawmaker warned chiefs allowing the illegal trade that they would be sacked. NAKURU Licences cancelled to take traders off streets The Nakuru county gov- ernment yesterday revoked all hawkers’ licences and introduced new ones with hefty fees in a bid to remove the traders from the streets. County Secretary Joseph Motari said all hawkers who had built sheds and those operating from shop verandahs will have their licences revoked. The hawkers have been given two weeks to apply for new monthly licences that require them to pay Sh1,000 per square metre. Residents have been complaining about hawkers for the last six years. MERU Munya pushes for residents’ title deeds Meru Governor Peter Munya has summoned land officers from Igembe South sub-county to speed up land adjudication in the area. Mr Munya said there was need to hasten the procedure as farmers did not enjoy the opportunities that would be available if they had title deeds to their land. He said some residents were embroiled in disputes with their neighbours from Tharaka Nithi County over land boundaries. He, however, assured those with land numbers that they would eventually get their title deeds. NYANDARUA IDPs claim they got rotten relief maize Eight internally displaced We are working on an integrated approach with other ministries to encourage more children to go to school,’’ Education Secretary Kiragu was Magochi families living in a camp in Nyandarua County yesterday demanded action against government officials who supplied them with rotten relief maize. They also demanded the immediate subdivision of the 24-acre farm they have been living on. A sample of the maize that was given to the families has been sent to the Government Chemist to determine if it is fit for human consumption. The families, comprised of 56 people, live in tattered tents near Lake Ol Bolosat.
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