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High taxation crippling the Kenyan film industry

04 February 2015, 12:03 Mike Munga

Nairobi - Sports, Culture and Arts Cabinet Secretary, Hassan Wario on Tuesday said that high taxation is crippling the film industry as poor Kenyans are unable to cope with it.

He said his ministry is liaising with the Treasury to regulate taxation in the industry.

"We can't tax filmmakers wherever they go filming and expect them to progress," he said.

Wario said the ministry is in the process of making film policies to enable the industry more profitable, expressing optimism that the bill will be ready before the year ends.

He added that the government has put up a film school to enable young Kenyans to utilize their talents well.

The CS said the school will be opened at the end of the year to help young Kenyans with script writing and shooting so they can be able to deliver good content.

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He also said that they are expecting a theater of 345 seating capacity to be opened in March.

"Film goes hand in hand with tourism and for us to progress economically, we must put up the facilities," he said.

He was speaking at an inaugural meeting for the Panafrican Federation of filmmakers (FEPACI) held at a Nairobi hotel where he pledged to harness the myriad of opportunities and nurture talent in the film industry across Africa in order to tell a positive narrative of the continent.

“We hope our country will inspire you to find practical solutions to the common challenges and problems that African filmmakers experience in funding, producing and distributing the African film on the continent and abroad,” he said.

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