Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) on March 18, declared a door-to-door manhunt on Nairobi businesses.
Through a statement by KRA, the body announced that he exercise, which is a collaboration between itself and Nairobi County Government, would last for a period of 10 days.
The exercise by the taxman targets the renewal of permits, among other functions.
“A team of KRA Nairobi County revenue officials is on a 10-day activation exercise across the county in conjunction with officials from the Nairobi City County Government as the renewal of county permits and licences continues,” read part of the statement.
The authority took charge of eight revenue clusters, including the Single Business Permit, Land Rates and Billboards &adverts under the Deed of Transfer.
Other clusters are Ground rent, fine inspection, loading zones, food hygiene and Wayleave.
“Pursuant to the Deed of Transfer of functions from the Nairobi County Government (NCCG) to the National Government dated February 25 2020, the Kenya Revenue Authority was appointed as the Principal-Agent for collection of all Nairobi City County revenue,” stated KRA statement.
The agency took over the exercise effective January 1, 2021, after the former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko signed a Deed to transfer four key functions to the National Government.
The former governor signed the deed on February 25, 2020, before President Uhuru Kenyatta and Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa but later alleged that he was not given a chance to read it prior.
The functions transferred are County Transport Services, County Health services, County Public Works, Utilities and Ancillary services and County Government Planning and Development.
The Nairobi County government’s handover was reportedly made to make sure that Nairobi residents receive services efficiently.
Most Nairobi city dwellers have applauded the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) for good infrastructural work done since it was instituted to take over some of the functions.