Sabahi (Washington, DC)

Kenyan Civil Society Group Wants Tax-Evading Lawmakers Barred From Office

Kenya's National Civil Society Congress (NCS) is lobbying the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to prevent outgoing Kenyan lawmakers with unpaid taxes from running for public office, Kenya's Capital FM reported Sunday (January 20th).

"We are now saying that the Kenya Revenue Authority should move with speed to recover taxes owed to Kenyans by these former members of parliament and we are asking the IEBC not to allow any of these former members of parliament to contest for any seats until they clear their arrears," said NCS President Morris Odhiambo.

The announcement follows the High Court's decision authorising the Kenya Revenue Authority to collect taxes from individuals, including parliamentarians, who have avoided payment.

Odhiambo said they will send a petition to the IEBC, the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, the Controller of Budget, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to urge them to implement the High Court's ruling.

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