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Uhuru hits out at tax show offs

Posted by Administrator on June 30, 2011

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 30 – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance  Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday hit out at leaders whom he accuses of politicising  the constitutional requirement for all Kenyans including Members of Parliament  to pay taxes.

In a statement where he appeared to defend MPs  who do not have the finances to clear their tax arrears, Mr Kenyatta said the  new Constitution had caught the lawmakers mid-stream.

“It is morally  wrong for those who have the ability to comply to make a public spectacle and  paint negatively other Members of Parliament who may be willing to comply but  are unable to immediately do so in a lumpsum payment,” he explained. (Tax  arrears are estimated at Sh2 million for MPs).”

He said tax compliance is  a constitutional issue that goes beyond any individual’s position.

“Over  the past few days, I have received numerous messages both directly and through  my Facebook and Twitter accounts by Kenyans asking me whether or not I have paid  taxes. In this regard, I would like to clearly state the following. Tax  compliance is a constitutional, moral and developmental issue that goes beyond  any one individual’s personal position, notwithstanding the fact that some may  want to make a public declaration of their paying,” he said.

Mr Kenyatta  says millions of Kenyans from all walks of life quietly pay their taxes  regularly as it is an obligation for all Kenyans to do so.

“Payment of  taxes and indeed the fulfilment of several other obligations under this new  Constitution should not degenerate into a political competition but should be  regarded as a moral and civic duty of all Kenyans. As we go through this  transitional process, this is one amongst many hurdles that we as Kenyans will  have to overcome. In the spirit of a new Kenya, let us overcome these hurdles  together, as opposed to against one another,” he said.

The deputy premier  states that there’s nothing special about any one category of Kenyans fulfilling  their civic duties, as the law is very clear on the taxation requirements placed  on all citizens.

“The Constitution is also very clear on the taxation  requirements that have been placed on all citizens including myself. The  consequences of non-compliance are equally well stipulated within our laws.  Ultimately, if there are Kenyans who haven’t fulfilled these obligations, it  will come to light. However, in as much as this debate is healthy for the  country, it should not be conducted on the basis of who has or hasn’t paid but  rather on the principle of the matter itself,” he said.

The statement  comes days after Prime Minister Raila Odinga caused a stir at the Kenya Revenue  Authority’s Times Tower offices on Monday, when he joined the queues to remit  his tax arrears.

The Prime Minister queued with other taxpayers and  filled out the requisite forms to pay Sh3,392,344 owed to the taxman.

Mr  Odinga, who paid arrears based on calculations by the accounts departments in  the Office of the Prime Minister and Parliament, said he did so because it was  required by the Constitution.

Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka also  announced that he would hand in his payments to the Kenya Revenue Authority on  Thursday afternoon. Other leaders who have so far cleared their arrears include  Assistant Minister Margaret Wanjiru and MPs Gideon Mbuvi (Makadara) and Mutava  Musyimi (Gachoka).

They joined Peter Kenneth (Gatanga) and Kangundo’s  Johnson Muthama who have been remitting their taxes since 2008.

A section  of MPs are however adamant that they will not comply with constitutional  requirement: “I am not running for presidency, so I will not pay,” said one  MP.

Source:  http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/Kenyanews/Uhuru-hits-out-at-tax-show-offs-13413.html#ixzz1QlME7arV

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3 Responses to “Uhuru hits out at tax show offs”

  1. leo said

    ” I am not running for presidency, so I will not pay,” said one MP. Haiya! kweli? can we have a name and a picture of him please?

  2. mrembo said

    Uhuru shut up, Blame the journalists, if ur face can not pull media, take it back to Gatundu.

  3. jazz said

    Bwana Uhuru, you have not answered the question….you say it’s a mora obligation to pay taxes. Just ofr he record….have you paid yours??/

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