The Star (Nairobi)

9 July 2014

Kenya: Governor Mruttu Shelves Finance Bill

Taita Taveta county government has shelved its Finance Act for a month after an uproar from the business community. Governor John Mruttu on Monday said the traders will continue paying the previous charges.

"Following complaints by our business people, we have shelved the Finace bill as we look for a solution to the stalemate," said the governor at Mwatate after launching five tractors for farming in the county.

Traders, through protests and demonstration, said most of them will close their businesses if the county government continues to tax them heavily.

The governor said the county assembly will consider the petitions by the business community. Taita Taveta Chamber of Commerce chairman Pascal Mutula said they welcome the move.

"The Finance Act is not investor-friendly. We wish that proper amendments are made to suit traders," said Mtula. The traders said the increase in revenue rates is oppressive.

Those at the Voi bus stage are most affected after most bus companies withdrew from the terminus to evade paying the hefty charges.

Alfan Mborio, a Chania Bus Company agent at Voi, said the new levies will lead to the closing of businesses at the terminus.

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