Kenyan Cabinet has ordered all government ministries, departments, and agencies to consolidate their payment systems into the singular Pay Bill number 222222 starting from August 8.
This comes as a part of a larger initiative led by President William Ruto to digitize government services.
Furthermore, the cabinet has set deadlines for the closure of all existing pay bill numbers and the migration of government services to the e-citizen platform by August 11 and September 30 respectively.
State departments and agencies are expected to report back to the cabinet by August 8 regarding their compliance.
The e-Citizen platform will henceforth serve as the digital payment platform for government services, as directed by the National Treasury.
Agencies failing to comply will be required to detail their current payment systems, their status, reasons for non-activation, and a compliance plan.
They will also have to submit a report by August 11, outlining the services selected for inclusion on the e-citizen platform and explaining any delays in onboarding.
This move according to the cabinet aims to “eliminate inefficiency, corruption, waste and discrimination inherent in human interactions,” President Ruto said.
Services will be available to Kenyans through the USSD code *2222# and Gava Express, ensuring access for those without smartphones.