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Ease tax burden on Kenyans in 2016, Mudavadi urges gov't

31 December 2015, 12:02 Dareel Eric

Nairobi - Amani National Congress party leader, Musalia Mudavadi has called on the Government to make life affordable to all Kenyans in the New Year by easing the burden of high taxes.

Mudavadi said the economy has been extremely hard on Kenyans as the Government wasted itself in self-glorification and engaging in grandiose projects hastily and horribly implemented.

"In one year, the cost of living skyrocketed as inflation hit the roof, while a government bent of living beyond its means resorted to punitive taxation on basic goods to fill a self-created budget hole," said Mudavadi.

He added, "It is a matter of concern however that Kenya faces an uncertain future. This is because the government missed economic, political and social targets that would have laid the foundation for Kenyans to prosper in 2016."

The former deputy primer spoke when he addressed leaders drawn from across Western Region at his home in Mululu, Vihiga County.

Mudavadi noted social welfare has plummeted as exemplified by ill-thought experiments in health and education.

"These two pillars are being run to ground by an intransigent government focused on belting the people it is supposed to serve," he said.

The former Sabatia legislator said that health as a devolved function has been resisted to the point of sabotage by the national government whose operatives only think in terms of quick bucks from procurement.

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Further, he said the education system risks being destroyed if the Jubilee government continues to treat teachers as serfs and their welfare as a favour they don't deserve.

In his New Year's message, Mudavadi said that Kenyans hold the perception that mega projects initiated by the Jubilee government are designed to siphon public funds.

He noted that the centre piece has been institutionalized corruption that is legitimized by wayward emasculation of anti corruption agencies through a pliant legislature.

"The most abhorrent has been the attack on the independence of the Auditor General whose powers to audit expenditure have been made subject to the whims of the Executive," he said.

The ANC party leader said in the coming year, the Government must make lifestyle audits become policy for running clean government.

"Accountability has been an anathema for the Jubilee government. Kenyans legitimately seeking dialogue with their government are arrogantly condemned as saboteurs," he said.

He noted the Eurobond transaction will remain a blot until the Jubilee government provides correct accounts allowing a special forensic audit.

Mudavadi also said serious thought should be given to the implementation of the constitution instead of government embarking on schemes to claw back on independence of constitutional commissions.

He hit out at the calls for referenda noting that it will be equally challenging and would be a recipe for chaos if not well managed.

Already the Opposition side and the Government have advocated for their separate referenda to amend the constitution.

"It is evident that calls for referenda are ignited by political competition rather than a genuine desire to rest the constitution. Allowed to run their course without proper management, these selfish calls would shuttle the country to precipice of chaos in an election period," he said.

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He added, "I therefore reiterate my calls for a constitutional conference to audit implementation of the constitution and if necessary, collectively agree on issues for amendment."

He said that the government's reluctance to support devolution that would have brought resources closer to the people is suspect.

He observed that a logjam has been erected against successful implementation of devolution with the government acting in betrayal of the Kenyan dream by fostering a siege mentality on devolution.

"Devolution of power and resources does not just mean the establishment of County governments. Devolution means a wholesome re-orientation of the governance system in Kenya to empower segments of regions, youth, women and people with disabilities previously marginalised by a centralised state," he said.

He called on Kenyans to remain vigilant and protect the promise of a democratic, prosperous, inclusive and corruption-free country that everyone deserves.

African Divine Church Archbishop John Chabuga, MPs Alfred Agoi (Sabatia), Ayub Savula (Lugari), Charles Gimose (Hamisi), and Yusuf Chanzu (Vihiga) attended the event.

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