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Uhuru hits out at tax show offs

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 30 – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance  Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday hit out at leaders whom he accuses of politicising  the constitutional requirement for all Kenyans including Members of Parliament  to pay taxes.In a statement where he appeared to defend MPs  who do not have the finances to clear their tax arrears, Mr Kenyatta said the  new Constitution had caught the lawmakers mid-stream.“It is morally  wrong for those who have the ability to comply to make a public spectacle and  paint negatively other Members of Parliament who may be willing to comply but  are unable to immediately do so in a lumpsum payment,” he explained. (Tax  arrears are estimated at Sh2 million for MPs).”He said tax compliance is  a constitutional issue that goes beyond any individual’s position.“Over  the past few days, I have received numerous messages both directly and through  my Facebook and Twitter accounts by Kenyans asking me whether or not I have paid  taxes. In this regard, I would like to clearly state the following. Tax  compliance is a constitutional, moral and developmental issue that goes beyond  any one individual’s personal position, notwithstanding the fact that some may  want to make a public declaration of their paying,” he said...Click for more info http://eastafricaradiousa.com/blog/?p=6431

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