Nairobi — The Kiambu County Government has disputed reports that it intends to introduce tax for burying people on their own land.
Speaking to Capital FM News, the County Executive Committee Member for Finance Mary Nguli said the proposal is to impose fees for burials taking place at the county cemeteries.
"The County Government is only consolidating and harmonizing what has been in existence, to facilitate a uniform application of the same throughout the County," she said.
"I can tell you with authority, that we have never even conceptualized or imagined that we could charge people buried in their own homes."
"The only fees proposed in relation to burials relate to the county cemeteries. A different fee is proposed for burial in cemeteries under temporary graves and another for permanent graves."
According to the County Finance Bill, it will cost Sh4,500 to bury an adult at a public cemetery, Sh3,000 for children and infants Sh2,500 per body.
Nguli says the county wants to impose a fee of Sh10,000 for persons who die outside the county but are transported for burial within Kiambu public cemeteries.
"The fees will be used to defray the expenses relating to the acquisition and maintenance of land for the development of cemeteries within the County," she pointed out.
She however said that the indigent and landless residents of Kiambu County will always be accommodated in public cemeteries through existing exemptions.
If adopted, the bill also proposes Sh4,500 for non-citizens being buried in the county cemeteries.
Nguli also disputed claims that the bill proposes to introduce fees relating to the slaughtering of animals or poultry in private homes.
"The County Government has neither proposed nor purported to introduce fees relating to the slaughtering of animals or poultry in private homes," she stated.
"The proposed fee has always been, and will continue to be, applicable to the slaughter houses. The fees are therefore neither new nor "bizarre", as alleged in certain reports."
"Even if we were to introduce such a fee; how would it even be enforced?" she asked.
Persons seeking the services of the county slaughter houses, if adopted, will pay Sh100 per cow,Sh20 for a chicken and a rabbit while they will pay Sh50 for a goat.
She also explained that no fees or charges will be imposed for burying carcasses of domestic animals on private property.
"However, a fee has always been, and remains applicable, when a person seeks the services of the County Government in the collection and disposal of their dead animals on public land," she noted.