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Councils directed to adopt new payment system

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government), Mr Aggrey Mwanri said here in an interview over the weekend that the importance of the new system to improve efficiency can not be over emphasized. “There is no going back to the old accounting systems which have proved inefficient but all councils must start using the new version,” he insisted.    

EPICOR 9.05 is the accountancy software used for the government’s Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS). It is currently used by 32 councils. He said EPICOR serves as the basis for expenditure, commitment and payment control, audit as well as financial reports. The software could help the government take advantage of the changing economic tide with a new major release.

The Deputy Minister’s remarks come amid claims by some municipal and district councils that the system was not functioning properly and has led to the delay in the release of funds to meet daily operations.

 “It is a cumbersome system that has halted all payment operations in most councils which have already adopted the software. Consequently, it has caused delays in the implementation of various projects,” said one official who preferred anonymity.  For a smooth implementation of the new accounting system, six bank accounts started to use it from July this year.

Some of the accounts include Council Own Source Collection, Personal Emoluments, Charges Expenditure, Development, Miscellaneous Deposits and Road Fund account. All the funds from the dormant accounts will be deposited into the new ones as new entries of new financial transactions.

Mr Mwanri added that the government has deployed one consultant in each region for consultations in case the councils officials fail to put into practice the new system. 

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Author: DAILY NEWS Reporter in Siha

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