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Cherargei, Wamatinga insist Uhuru must pay taxes he waivered during his tenure

By Wangu Kanuri January 31st, 2023 2 min read

Nandi Senator Kiprotich Cherargei has claimed that retired President Uhuru Kenyatta has not been paying his taxes.

Cherargei shared that he (Mr Kenyatta) had been enjoying the tax waivers during his tenure as the head of state.

In a tweet, the President’s ardent supporter also noted that taxes must be paid regardless of being behind the rallies that the Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga has been holding.

“If Uhuru Kenyatta wants to fight/ undermine President Ruto then he should do it personally not using proxies like Tinga. Taxes MUST be paid whether you sponsor political rallies/Maandamos / baby showers regardless of who you are!  Give to Ceaser what belongs to Ceaser!”

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Similarly, Nyeri Senator Wahome Wamatinga claimed that the government, through the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), will go after him.

While addressing the press, Wamatinga shared that Mr Kenyatta’s voice is in Mr. Odinga’s remarks adding that the latter has been pushing for Kenyans not to pay taxes.

“We are demanding the former President, he had his power time he misused it and we are going after him. Not after his personal businesses, we are going after the fact that he has been avoiding paying taxes,” he said.

Adding that Mr Kenyatta had avoided paying Sh1.2 billion for a license he brokered.  “We want to tell him that we know he is avoiding paying the Sh1.2 billion he was supposed to pay after broking the license for 5G and the tax waiver for 10 years, however, we are doing an audit for all this and he must pay that”

The leader’s sentiments were echoed by President William Ruto, who insisted that Mr Odinga’s rallies were triggered by the crackdown on tax evasion that he was carrying out.

“We cannot continue to operate in a space where those in power exempt themselves from paying taxes. Their day is up. Every citizen must pay tax. Even if they sponsor demos so they don’t pay tax, they will pay,” he said.

“I am not talking about additional taxes, I am talking about taxes that have been signed into law.”

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