Oparanya not aware of proposed tax on chicken
27 January 2014, 09:45
Kakamega - Kakamega governor, Wycliffe Oparanya says he doesn’t know what is contained in the controversial Finance Bill 2013 that proposes tax on chicken.
He said he will scrutinize the Bill once it reaches him, before signing it into law, The Standard reports.
His sentiments came as the proposed Bill continues to draw mixed reactions from the county’s residence, some saying they will oppose it in the court, if the governor signs it.
Last week, the Transitional Authority backed the move by some of the counties to increase new levies despite public outcry.
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 hurt the ordinary Kenyan.
The move comes as most of the county governments increased levies 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.
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