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Transitional Authority backs counties' tax increment

22 January 2014, 08:16

Nairobi - The Transitional Authority has backed the move by some of the counties to increase new levies despite public out cry.

TA said for counties to grow economically they have to find their own means of getting revenue instead of depending on little funding allocated to them by the central government.

“It’s a must for county governments to get money from the people, the public wants the county government to construct roads and markets for them, where does this money come from,” said TA's chairman, Kinuthia Wamwangi.

He said the constitution stipulates on public participation on matters of county developments calling on the public to play their part.

He said there was need to put a proper engagement between the stakeholders, the public and the county governments before any new taxes are imposed on them.

“We urge the counties to properly follow the law, the constitution is clear that in every county development issue there should be public participation. Therefore the public must be involved and should agree on the decisions made," he said.

According to Wamwangi, the public should understand the importance of devolution and embrace it without complaining.

“The time to sit down and complain is over, people should participate and build devolution,'' he added.

However Kinuthia called on all county governments to consult all stakeholders before imposing any increments that would hut the ordinary Kenyan.

The move comes as most of the county governments increased levis and taxes imposed to some services.

Mombasa county government is among the counties on top of the blame from the public and the business community for increasing charges imposed on major services in the counties.

Last month the Machakos county residents staged protest following the move by the county to increase tax rates imposed on them.

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