Is blackmail a secret weapon to enforce Government policies?
SEE ALSO :State rejects agency threat on sim cardsMr Odinga’s statement may not be taken as empty talk, especially after media aired a speech of Mr Uhuru stating that he sometimes gets advise from ‘his elder his brother’ Raila. The turn of events preceded media campaigns and public briefing which had been conducted by Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i. President Uhuru Kenyatta later on Friday urged Kenyans to register saying that the number of those registered has hit 11 million. Housing levy Beside the Huduma Namba riddle, yet to be explained to a common man on how it is more important than Anyango’s or Wambua’s identity card somewhere; there is the housing levy facing serious resistance. Housing Levy, hatched under the Affordable Housing Plan under the Big Four Agenda is proving to be another daunting headache under Uhuru’s administration. Everyone wants a house and that’s a fact. Despite such a need, the targeted beneficiaries have punched holes in the project and asked several questions yet to be answered by the Government. On Monday noon, April 16, 2019, a statement came from the Housing Principal Secretary Charles Hinga instructing employers to deduct 1.5 percent of employees’ salary, as well as paying same amount for their employees into housing fund, beginning from May, 2019. What followed was public outcry as Kenyans decried the skyrocketing cost of living and government piling even more misery on their pockets. The statement from PS Charles Hinga asserted that the government is planning to build 500,000 housing units, and that the target contributors are atleast 3 million salaried citizens. ‘Show me 9 stadiums built, laptop projects, new education curriculum, internship for graduates, cheaper price of commodities before building a house for me.’ Such was the reaction of some Kenyans who doubt the ability of the government deliver its promises. Once again the ghosts of corruption in the government awakened its woes as it tried to explain the benefits of housing project. Speaking to KTN News’ Ben Kitili, PS Charles Hinga emphasized that the contribution was mandatory for the targeted salaried Kenyans. His stark response again hinted farmiliar tactic government uses-shape up and shape up. Period! Asked whether those who are not interested in getting houses can opt out, Mr Hinga said yes. As debate surges, it is apparent that Kenyans are yet to understand various details regarding the housing policy. For instance, who will receive first? What does contribution stop? What happens when one does not need the house and has different housing initiative? What happens to employers who workers housing allowances? Government is yet to respond to such questions just to explain itself. Fuel tax Last year, in its 2018/2019 budget, The Government raised the Value Added Tax on fuel products, hiking the price per litre on super petrol, diesel and kerosene by Sh17. It said that this was aimed at raising Sh5.3 billion monthly in the budget. It had to take the valiant protest by the matatu sector and the public criticism for action to be done. Stung by the torrid economic adversity; Kenyans joined the matatu sector in condemning the attempt to burden taxpayer even further. Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich always assured taxpayers that the move was not an economic detriment. Lacking proper explanation behind the fiscal policy, the government again failed to explain its decision. It only offered a reprieve to Kenyans by reducing the increment of price per litre from Sh16 to Sh8. The new prices took effect nonetheless, and the prices of commodities soared pounding the pockets of taxpayers. Writer is a Sub-Editor with the Standard Digital
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