- Mutua claimed the government did not educate citizens well on the housing levy hence the resistance
- According to the governor, the implementation of the housing levy should be postponed until Kenyans understand it well
- He urged that it was also introduced at a wrong time as Kenyans are facing a hard economic time
Machakos governor Alfred Mutua has added his voice to the raging debate on the imposition of the new 1.5% housing levy on Kenyan employees.
The governor urged the government to suspend the housing levy fund deductions set to roll out in May because the country is currently facing a hard economical time.
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The politician went ahead to state the government needs to suspend the deductions and sensitize its citizens about it well before rolling it out. Photo:
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Taking to Twitter on Thursday, April 18, Mutua claimed there was poor communication between the government, Wanachi and lender hence the serious opposition from the mentioned parties.
''There has been poor communication to Wananchi and leaders about the 1.5% housing levy. This has created resistance and conspiracies against it. The country is facing dire conditions of rising fuel prices, low circulation of money and drought, making the levy appear punitive,'' he tweeted.
The politician went ahead to state the government needs to suspend the deductions and sensitize its citizens about it well before rolling it out.
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''We need to be careful that we do not perpetuate trickle down economics that takes years to impact the dire lives of our people who are suffering in poverty. I urge the National Government to postpone it's implementation, until Wananchi understand how it will be beneficial to them,'' he added.
Mutua's plea came just days after Uhuru Kenyatta announced the implementation of the 1.5% levy deduction from the salaries of many Kenyans as from May 2019 in a bid to boost one of his Big Four Agendas; affordable housing.
Mutua claimed the imposition of the housing levy came at a wrong time because Kenyans are facing a financial crunch
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As reported earlier, the new housing levy will require both the employer and employee to submit 1.5 % of the basic salary to the National Housing Development Fund (NHDF).
Following the announcement, irate Kenyans took to social media to challenge it with many claiming the government was now over taxing its citizens.
According to Kenyans, there was no need of being taxed money which will end up being stolen by greedy politicians.
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