Azimio: Ruto’s Housing Levy is Like the Colonial Hut Tax

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The Azimio la Umoja -one Kenya coalition has maintained its sustained criticism towards the government over its taxation policies.

Addressing the press after the coalition’s summit meeting held at the SKM Center on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, the coalition alleged that taxation under President William Ruto’s governance is a punishment to Kenyans.

The coalition also stated that the tax burden experienced by Kenyans was unreasonable and unsustainable and that the current regime had failed the test of being caring and compassionate.

“We are deeply opposed to high PAYE rates that Kenyan workers are being forced to endure. We remain opposed to the subjection of retiree pensions to taxation,

“We also remain opposed, deeply, to the idea of subjecting farm produce to taxation. It is our position that forcing farmers to part with Ksh5 for every Ksh100 they make from their farm produce is unreasonable and cruel. We encourage our farmers to resist this tax,” the coalition said.

The Raila Odinga-led coalition additionally underscored that it was firmly opposing the housing tax and the 16 per cent tax on petroleum products.

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