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Kenyans to Pay for Dl's Using Mobile Money
Source: Capital FM
Source Date: Monday, October 15, 2012
Focus: Information Access, Health
Country: Kenya
Created: Oct 16, 2012

Nairobi — Kenyans will soon be able to pay for renewal of driving licenses using mobile phone money transfer services, according to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA). KRA Commissioner General John Njiraini said the authority is currently working on the platform that will allow the implementation of the service and reduce congestion at KRA halls. Njiraini said KRA will partner with all the mobile phone service providers to ensure all Kenyans benefit from the new service. "In the next few months we will be able use M-PESA and the other options," said Njiraini who added that KRA will also partner with all banks to roll out the same service. The authority is still working on where motorists will be able to get the renewal stickers after paying using the mobile phone transfer services. KRA has already partnered with the National Bank of Kenya where Kenyans can renew their DL's at any branch of the bank. A motorist wishing to renew their license can pay the fees and get the renewal sticker at any of the 44 NBK branches countrywide, to avoid a visit to the KRA cash office. "Easing tax compliance leads to enhanced collection as tax payers find it easier to comply," explained Njiraini. Njiraini was speaking during the launch of the 9th Tax Payers Week which will involve appreciating those who are committed to paying taxes, as well as creating awareness on the importance of paying tax. "The activities will include hosting of tax clinics across the country which will provide education and support to tax payers on matters of interest to them. We will also launch a tax club for secondary schools which we will be able to provide information to students about tax issues," added the KRA boss. KRA has however called on the Treasury to increase its funding to be able to come up with more products that will ease tax compliance. The authority board chairman Major (Rtd) Marsden Madoka said more funds will also help KRA increase its branches across the country. "We need to increase the number of our offices considering the coming in of the next government. We are also planning to renovate the current offices to be able to put electronic platforms for various services. We also target to improve the working condition of our staff," said Madoka. KRA currently has branches in 27 out of the 47 counties.
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