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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