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Pay taxes? Dream on, MPs say

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The row between Members of Parliament and the Kenya Revenue Authority over taxes boiled over on Thursday after they made it clear they would not honour an ultimatum by the taxman to pay up.The Speaker of the National Assembly  Kenneth Marende chaired a meeting attended by 70 lawmakers who vowed to ignore a letter sent to them by KRA on August 3, demanding that they settle their tax arrears by the end of this month.Joint Government whips Jakoyo Midiwo and Johnson Muthama said that MPs would not pay tax on their hefty perks until the law was reviewed.“To be honest with you, that letter will not be complied with. It’s good to be fair… it’s even wrong to lie to you, but the general direction of the kamukunji (informal Speaker’s meeting) was that, that letter should not be coming to us,” said Mr Midiwo.