16 January 2014

Kenya: Nyandarua Cuts Fees for Traders in New Bill

The Nyandarua county Finance Bill that was passed yesterday has drastically reduced licence fees for traders.

County assembly Finance Committee chairman Joseph Gachomba said the bill is meant to benefit small-scale traders.

"These are the people who have in the past been oppressed by these laws. It is now their time to reap the fruits of devolution. That is why we decided to reduce these licences," he said.

If the bill is signed into law by Governor Daniel Waithaka, those who operate hotels, butcheries and shops in interior places will now pay Sh2,450 licence fees down from the Sh3,500 currently.

Butchery operators in big towns will pay Sh3,500 down from Sh5,000. Hawkers will pay Sh1,000 from the current Sh2,000.

Quarry operators will pay Sh4,800. This is a reduction from the current Sh7,500.

Gachomba said the bill has also recommended that stall operators pay Sh1,000 down from Sh1,500.

He said the county government will be forced to source money from other avenues rather than oppressing the common mwananchi.

Those who own huge chunks of land will be charged Sh400 for an acre of land annually as land rates. Those who own less than five acres will pay Sh40.

"This is to encourage the owners to either till the land to bring income or lease it to other developers," Gachomba said.

However, scrap metal dealers were dealt a blow by the bill stipulating that they will not be licensed.

This means it will now be illegal to carry out the business in the county.

Gachomba said the move is meant to prevent vandalism of public property.

He said the county has lost crucial metal equipment among them road rails amounting to millions of shillings to vandalism.

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