The President of the Republic of Kenya, William Samoei Ruto, has come out criticizing and telling some Kenyan leaders, who have had their taxes waived, to pay taxes to help develop the country economically.
Addressing the citizens along the city's streets, the president said Kenya is for everyone, and all its citizens are entitled to pay taxes. This comes after a scandal emerged that the former first and second presidents of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta, and Daniel Moi’s families, hadn’t been paying taxes.
Not quoting anyone, Mr. Ruto went ahead to say that he is happy that everyone, including the rich, has agreed to pay taxes. He added that nobody is above the law and everyone should participate in tax payments to help in the growth of the country.
The issue has caused different emotions, causing criticism from different leaders, including the former prime minister and the opposition leader, Hon. Raila Odinga has stood firm in support of the former president, Uhuru Kenyatta.
Mr. Odinga said that President Ruto should not point fingers and attack other families yet when his government consists of people who do not pay taxes. He further advised the president to start cleaning up his government before moving on to other people who were outside his government.
Other leaders who opposed President Ruto's decision to attack the former president's homes included Jimmy Wanjigi, a staunch businessman, and a Safina Party leader who advised Mr. Ruto to stop directing his tax issues to the late President Kenyatta's wife, Mama Ngina Kenyatta, citing that instead of attacking her, he should be protecting her because she is a widow.
Mama Ngina, who recently came out to speak about the issue of tax causing a stir, said that if the officials and leaders propagating it had proof of her properties not being taxed, then they had the authority to sell the properties. She went ahead to say that she has never waived tax and that all the rumors circulating were lies.
According to President Ruto, everyone should pay taxes, whether rich or poor, because the country is on the verge of losing a lot due to an overload of debt from developed countries. He added that if everyone paid taxes, the country would overcome all its current calamities and maintain good economic growth.
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