Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi on Thursday stated that Kenyans need to be protected against a number of issues in the wake of Coronavirus.
Through a statement to newsrooms, Mudavadi noted that citizens should be given some sort of protection against eviction by landlords.
“Citizens and businesses will need safety nets, including protection against evictions by landlords. They also need protection against bank loan interests in these difficult and uncertain times.
“The State must provide a clear lead in this regard,” he said.
Further, Mudavadi noted that food supplies and healthcare must be protected against both genuine shortages and unscrupulous manipulation.
He lauded the government for the steps it had taken so far to manage the spread of the virus but noted that the economy was in grave danger.
“We have never faced the kind of economic challenge that now lies ahead of us. The Government needs a more focused, structured and coordinated approach with other key stakeholders, in the management of the economic fallout from the virus.
“We must not wait for things to happen and react to them.
“We must take charge from the outset, especially since we do not know how long the present crisis around fear of infection will last,” he stated.
Mudavadi added that there was need to consider temporary reduction in corporate and personal taxes as well as taxes on goods and services.
He also called for:
Blanket extension of time to meet statutory deadlines is also necessary. This includes payment of taxes and licenses or, in the alternative, temporary suspension of penalties arising from late compliance.
Stronger regulatory action to protect the already economically weak majority of Kenyans from unjustifiably high prices and unfair trade practices by unscrupulous business people.
Financial support to exporters who will suffer losses as a result of the sharp decline in their international markets.
Management of the energy sector for sustained stability in this season - Government needs to ensure that there are measures in place to sustain fuel availability, as well as other forms of energy, without availability getting punitive to the consumer.