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Nairobi Council to Roll Out E-Payments

Payments to the City Council of Nairobi will soon be made electronically as a way of curbing corruption.

Head of the ICT department at the council Tim Wanyonyi said that the move is part of a three-year project aimed at improving service delivery for Nairobi residents.

"Very soon, payment of bills will be done through electronic transfer. When the system is finalised, payment can be made directly to the account or through mobile money transfer services," Mr Wanyonyi said.

Minimising manual registrations and collection of cash, he said, will also help reduce corruption when done electronically.

According to Nairobi mayor George Aladwa, corruption at the city council has gone down considerably with the introduction of the investigations department which is headed by senior police officers.

"Corruption has gone down. The public should ensure that they get an official receipt for every payment made," he stated.

Wanyonyi further stated that in the next 6 months, major streets in Nairobi will be under CCTV surveillance.

Roads targeted include Moi and Kenyatta avenues, Mama Ngina and Kimathi streets within the city centre.

The surveillance cameras, he said will help in curbing traffic offences and will also increase security within the areas covered.

"The cctv cameras will ensure that the city is safe for its residents and visitors," the ICT department head stated.

The 3 year project, Mr Wanyonyi said, will cost the council Sh 2 billion but the figure could go down with the input from partners.

At the same time, Telkom Kenya and CCN entered into an agreement where debts of up to Sh 100 million were swapped.

Nairobi town clerk Mr Phillip Khisia said that CNN owed the telecommunications company Sh 100 million in phone bills while Telkom Kenya owed the city council Sh 96 million in wayleave charges.

A team was set up last year to reconcile the accounts from the two institutions before the debt swap was agreed on.

The remaining balance, Telkom CEO Mr Mickael Ghossein said, will be off set on this year's wayleave charges.

Source: Daily Nation on the Web

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