Thieving Telco Safaricom Plc has partnered with looted and badly managed Trans Nzoia County government for payment processing of parking fee, cess, and market fees etc.
Trans Nzoia County is one of the most strategic but very underdeveloped thanks to the looting of county coffers by two–time governor Patrick Khaemba.
Khaemba who lauded the partnership said it would strengthen revenue collection by plugging losses, as been fingered for looting.
This partnership couldn’t have come at the worst time.
First lady from hell
Most of the extortion rings in Trans Nzoia have been run by the first lady, a second wife to the governor as has been exposed in the past.
In 2019, bodaboda operators complained about the methods used to collect fines from them.
The bodaboda riders were being issued with 3 stickers. One was from Jambopay (direct link to the lady and a consultant), another issued by revenue office and another issued by the enforcement office.
Bodabodas were also being arrested by a super extortionist guy named Ombima; the guy charged them between Ksh20k and 30k fine.
“There is no limit to or on how much one should pay”, complained a bodaboda guy
The money ended up in the accounts of some top people in the county.
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The existence of Jambopay that time makes it clear that even with Safaricom, the status quo of theft, looting and extortion will persist.
The allegations were that the cartels and the county would split the collected fines half-half.
“The riders want to know between Ombima and county enforcement officer Mr Eliud Nabimba, who is the head of enforcement department. It is believed that Ombima and the powerful Lady Khaemba made an agreement on fee collection on boda boda that Ksh10m will be going to the county and the other Ksh10m be divided amongst her and Ombima, this is after they agreed on a target of Ksh20m revenue collection”, cnyakundi.com wrote in 2019
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