Kenya: Covid-19 - Mutahi Announces Waivers for Businesses

The Nyeri county government has granted temporary waivers to local businesses to cushion them against the effects of Covid-19 pandemic.

Public Service Vehicles(PSVs) and market traders have received 50 percent waivers on their monthly fees.

The PSVs will get the waivers until the lifting of restriction measures announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta while the waivers on market fees will only be effective for the month of April.

"The waivers and deadline extensions for this month are due to the hard economic times the Nyeri citizenry are undergoing because of the revision of Covid-19 containment measures," Governor Mutahi Kahiga said.

Business permits

The county has also extended the deadline for payment of business permits by one month.

Normally, businesses should have paid their licenses by March 31 or risk forceful closure and arrest.

This means that businesses that are yet to pay their licenses have another month to settle payments.

Further, all penalties on houses, stalls and shops that had incurred rent was waived for those who clear the arrears by the end of April.

The deadline for payment of land rates was pushed to April 30 and the 25 per cent waiver on liquor license fees extended to June 30, according to a notice by the economic and financial planning department.

Past reliefs

This is not the first time that the county has waived charges for businesses during the covid-19 pandemic.

Last year, land owners received a 100 per cent waiver on penalties on their land rates if they paid before the end of the year.

Further, the devolved government granted waivers to micro, small and medium enterprises and decreased market fees, PSV parking fees, cess and land rates by two per cent.

Finance Executive Robert Thuo noted that the waivers will not affect revenue collection, with the county aiming to collect at least Sh1 billion which will be used to service the budget.

He explained that cushioning businesses will ensure they do not close and ensure a steady revenue stream for the county.

"Entrepreneurs will be able to continue transacting ... by the end of June, we will have received the money," he said.

The county has so far collected Sh680 million in revenue, up from the Sh524.8 million collected in the same period last year.

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