THE CUTTING EDGE: SEPTEMBER 13 - Daily Nation

THE CUTTING EDGE

Wednesday September 12 2018

TIMELY TAX: Though quite unpopular with the majority of Kenyans, the implementation of the 16 per cent fuel levy is precisely what the country needs at the moment to raise revenue to clear the mounting national debt, says Nickson Ateku. Postponing the tax, he adds, is not the solution as even in 2020 nothing much will have changed and there will be yet another clamour to put it off, citing the increased cost of living. An alternative, according to him, is to effect the 16 per cent tax in two or three phases instead of all at once. His contact is [email protected]

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ROAD LEVY: A precedent the Kenya Revenue Authority set in 2013 provides a way out of the crunch created by the VAT on fuel, says James Muthui Nderitu, echoing S. Mutuguta’s views. Then, KRA increased road maintenance levy from Sh6 to Sh18 per litre following Parliament’s suspension of the 16 per VAT on petroleum products. “Reinstating the VAT now without a corresponding reversal of the road levy is tantamount to fraud by the government. Must we always wait for poor activist Okiya Omtatah to come to our rescue?” His contact is [email protected]

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ROTATIONAL PRESIDENCY: The country needs a rotational presidency to achieve national cohesion as the 43 ethnic communities will have a fair chance of ascending to the top leadership and ensure equitable distribution of resources, says Peter Mbithi Mballi. This way, he adds, a few dominant communities will not continue to lord it over others and the national cake will be shared fairly among all Kenyans, irrespective of their origin. “We need unity and national cohesion and, to achieve that, we must be fair to all.” His contact is [email protected]

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NOISY NYERI: Noise pollution is on the increase in Nyeri Town, says Vimal Shah, disappointed that, even after complaining to the authorities, including Nema officials, about the menace, no action has been taken. The culprits include churches and nightclubs that play deafening music that can be heard several blocks away. He cannot understand why the clubs are not required to soundproof their premises. “They have even erected canopies, covering the walkway, but if we put anything on the veranda of our businesses we are harassed by the askaris.” His contact is [email protected]

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RIDICULOUS BILL: Reeling under what he describes as a ridiculously high electricity bill, John Munyao wishes Kenya Power could hear him out. In 10 years, he adds, his monthly consumption (Account No. 3065596) has always ranged between Sh700 and Sh1,000. But in June he was slapped with an Sh86,000 bill. He read the meter and took pictures, which he took to Stima Plaza, Nairobi, the utility’s headquarters. He was asked to provide a sketch map so that they could go check it out. He is still waiting. His contact is Tel 0722 864421 or [email protected]

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‘PRIMITIVE’ REPS: The hooliganism by MCAs who stormed Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi’s office after passing a vote of no confidence in her is unacceptable, says Misheck Wambu. Their primitive antics have soiled the image of the city county’s leadership. Leaders must learn to “resolve their differences in a civil and professional manner devoid of fracas and brawn”. Unless they act in a dignified and honourable manner, they risk losing public confidence and trust. His contact is [email protected]

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