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MSA Chamber of Commerce to block County finance bill in court

22 January 2014, 09:51 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - Mombasa Chamber of Commerce has threatened to go to court if the County government fails to suspend the finance bill for deliberation.

Top officials of the board led by the COC chair, James Mureu said the bill has violated the rights of public and that it will scare away investors.

“We are not rejecting the finance bill; what we are asking is that the County government suspend the bill until we go for deliberations," said Mureu.

Addressing the press after deliberations with stakeholders in the business community in Mombasa on Tuesday, Mureu said that they are mandated to consult the County government over the increased rates.

“Business should be done in a predictable manner; we cannot wake up and increase rates without consulting the tax payers," said Mureu.

He faulted the County government for failing to recognize the input of the business community.

He said Mombasa County will lose a lot of investors if it continues to carry out functions without consulting with them.

Mureu added that single business permits has been affected by the proposed Bill, which according to him will harm the county’s economy.

"The situation we are in is critical; nobody knows how much we should pay for business permits," he said.

He noted that the County finance Bill was passed on December 11, 2013 after it was drafted, which is against the law.

On Saturday the Mombasa Movement for Change criticized the bill saying that it was passed without public participation.

Mombasa County is the second to receive criticism from the public over increased levies and taxes after Machakos County.

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