Operation Linda Ugatuzi has moved to court seeking to quash President William Ruto’s decision directing all government digital payments into one digital payment platform effective September 30.
According to the presidential directive, all ministries, state departments, and agencies are required to be part of the onboarding of all government services to e-Citizen ahead of the September 30, deadline.
President Ruto on June 30 directed that over 1,000 Paybill numbers used for collecting payments for government services be shut down within 90 days.
He said that all government services be onboarded onto e-Citizen and payments made through 222222 Paybill.
However, Operation Linda Ugazuti submits that the President acted unilaterally by arbitrarily directing the closure of all government digital payment systems.
Operation Linda Ugazuti says the directive contravenes the principles of public finance management as there is currently not in force any framework for managing the proposed single digital payment platform.
They further say there was no public participation in formulating the single digital payment platform.
Further, the group said the single digital payment platform does not promote the distinctiveness of the National and County levels of Government contrary to the principles of Public Finance Management.