November 21st 2017

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Machakos governor Mutua abolishes taxes, signifying panic in tight race

He said his Government shall not increase any fees on Single Business Permits adding that any Officer charging increased fees and or harassing traders should be reported for immediate disciplinary action.

By Njuguna Kirunkiru@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 27 Jun 2017 16:03 EAT

Dr Matua at Kituluni market wthin the county at his vote hunt mission mid of this Month.

Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua’s government has stopped collection of revenue from various investors mostly small scale traders in the county starting tomorrow in what is seen as campaign gesture as days count to August 8 General Election.

Dr Mutua today directed the Ministry of Finance and Revenue Management and all revenue collection and enforcement agencies to stop collecting revenue from hawkers fees, small scale vegetable retailers (mama mboga), small scale vendors, market cess for livestock and bus park fees for matatu, Nissans, Tuk Tuk, Maruti and boda boda. Also affected include fees charged for mitumba (second hand clothes) traders.

“I have also directed that all penalties for single Business Permit rates charged for salons, shops, barber shops, shoe shiners, kiosks, Mpesa shops be lifted immediately”, he said in a statement posted on his Facebook.

He said his government shall not increase any fees on Single Business Permits adding that any Officer charging increased fees and or harassing traders should be reported for immediate disciplinary action.

Dr Mutua said the decision was arrived after consultations with various sectors, “in order to protect the vulnerable members of our business community and to grow our local economy.”

Traders in Machakos have remained at logger heads with Governor Mutua over high taxe levies imposed by his government. Last year the traders were tear-gassed and dispersed by the police as they marched to his office to present a petition against introduced high taxes. The traders’ anger was provoked by the “doubling” of trade taxes including business permits by the county government.

They were protesting over the increased parking fee which was previously Sh50, before being increased to Sh100. Sand transporters were being asked to pay Sh70,000 up from Sh21,000, Single business permits had been raised by almost double the initial amounts.

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