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Chebukati wife reveals why Ruto nominated her to Revenue Allocation Commission job

Mary Wanyonyi, the wife of former IEBC chair defends her nomination by Ruto to Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA).

On June 22, Mary Wanyonyi contended that President William Ruto appointed her as the head of the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) because of her qualifications and expertise.

She insisted that the selection was based on merit and not the fact that she is the wife of former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairperson Wafula Chebukati when testifying before the National Assembly Finance Committee. 

To persuade MPs to approve her nomination, she listed leading the implementation of Ardhisasa at the Ministry of Lands as one of her significant accomplishments. 

“At the State Department of Lands, we have managed to generate revenue beyond our targets multiple folds since we decided to automate revenue collection.

“I would not apply for such a position if I knew I was not prepared for it,” she stated.

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The nominee stated that, if accepted, she would promote automated revenue collection in her capacity as chair of the CRA. 

She also suggested that county governments and state ministries should maximize budget efficiency to cope with unpaid debts totaling billions of shillings.

“We need to develop a legal framework for revenue collection and develop capacity among officers to collect optimal revenue.

“If I am offered a chance to serve in this position, I will focus on developing the capacity for County Governments to accelerate their own revenue generation,” she added.

Meanwhile, the Finance Committee led by Molo MP Kuria Kimani is expected to deliberate on the suitability of Mary Wanyonyi over the weekend before tabling a comprehensive report.

Ruto nominated Chebukati’s wife to serve as CRA chairperson on May 23, after she missed out on a Principal Secretary role. 

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