CS Rotich owes Kenyans an explanation on punitive taxes
SEE ALSO :Debt still sustainable, says RotichThat is why Mr Rotich needs to come out and calm Kenyans down. He needs to succinctly explain where he is coming from and why he needs to raise more money through this and other tax measures. It is unfortunate that four days since this tax became effective, and as the country grapples with a shortage of petrol as depots are blockaded, the CS and his colleagues at Treasury have not made any attempts to demonstrate that they understand what ordinary citizens are going through. This is a bitter pill for Kenyans to swallow. We understand that Treasury needs money from somewhere to build roads, ports and schools; to pay teachers, doctors and police officers; to buy drugs and textbooks. And we also appreciate that the Government can get the money to finance these projects from either taxes or debts. But regardless of what Treasury might have done to get the country into this quagmire, Kenyans need to know whether these punitive tax measures are the only option on the table. From official data, it is clear that Rotich has limited room to borrow and must find alternatives to fund his budget. But it should not be so painful. Kenyans already feel that they are over-taxed. The loss of taxpayer funds through corruption and unfulfilled promise of better healthcare, schools and roads are all a turn-off and enough to brew anger among even the most fervent supporters of a government.