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Salt producers to pay for sea water

12 June 2013, 18:09 John Kioko

Salt firms situated at Gongoni in Magarini district will be taxed for every drop of sea water they use if a bill which will be tabled in Kilifi County assembly very soon is passed.

The bill will be tabled before the assembly by Gongoni Ward Representative Albert Kiraga who said that he is preparing it.

He said the bill is aimed at ensuring that all salt firms operating in Magarini district pay for raw materials that they use to produce salt.

While addressing the media in Magarini district, Kiraga said that salt companies are making a lot of cash from raw materials that they don't pay for like water.

“These salt companies you are seeing here are using free sea water from this area to make money,” he said.

He said that once the bill is ready he will table it before the county assembly for discussion so that it can be passed to be a law.

Kiraga said the move to come up with the bill is part of their plans to get revenue for the larger Kilifi County so that economic status of the area can be improved.

He said experts will come up with a figure which the salt firms will be required to pay for every drop they use for their activities in the area.

Kiraga who heads Kilifi County assembly Health Services committee said if the bill is successfully passed, he will also table salt workers' bill before the assembly for discussion as well.

He said that the bill will be aimed at ensuring that locals working for the salt companies in the area are well paid and that their health is also considered by the companies.

“If they refuse to adhere to the laws once passed, they will be free to go and produce salt elsewhere,” he noted.

Meanwhile, Malindi Salt firms' Managing Director Seif Mohamed said that on their part, they have addressed the issue of health and salaries for their workers.

“At least now we have improved. Issues of salaries have been addressed and working environment for every worker is our concern," he said.

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