Everybody must pay taxes, reiterates Gachagua

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has responded to former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s remarks over the government’s plans to evaluate whether the retired president among others have been paying taxes.   

While speaking during a Senators seminar in Mombasa County Gachagua said the government has stopped borrowing instead, the government will pursue all those who have not been paying taxes.  

“We are going to develop this country with our own resources because we have stopped borrowing,” he said.  

He added, “One of the ways of getting out of the hole we are in, is to collect tax from everybody. It does not matter how back it goes.” 

In what was a direct jab at the retired president, Gachagua said people should not be ‘jittery’ instead they should discuss with the government how they will pay their taxes.  

“Nobody will be exempt from paying tax in this country. And if you want to be exempted from paying tax, you should buy space on the newspaper and apply to the people of Kenya,” he said.  

Gachagua reiterated the sentiments and said the country is collecting only KES 2.2 trillion in revenue which is all going to salaries and offsetting loans. 

He said with this grim reality, those who owe the country taxes must pay at whatever cost. 

“There are no negotiations because we are collecting KES 2.2 trillion against a budget of KES 3.6 trillion. The KES 2.2 trillion is enough for servicing public debt and paying salaries,” he said. 

“We have to borrow money for development. That money we are borrowing for development, people who were in office were lending money to their own banks.  So we stop that borrowing and we are saying instead of borrowing, let those who owe Kenya money pay,” Gachagua said.

Uhuru on Tuesday, January 31, responded to attacks by Kenya Kwanza politicians over tax evasion allegations. 

While speaking at the late professor George Magoha’s home, the former president disregarded the ruling government’s attempts to go after his family.  

“Don’t worry about these people who are making noise, people who have nothing else to do will always make noise. That’s life. We’ll mind our business,” Uhuru stated.  

A section of Mt Kenya Senators had demanded a probe into Uhuru’s businesses for the past ten years.

The legislators urged President William Ruto to order an audit into the tax waivers allegedly enjoyed by the former Head of State since ascending into office. 

The Senators included Senators John Methu (Nyandarua), James Murango (Kirinyaga), Wahome Wamatinga (Nyeri), and Tabitha Mutinda (nominated). The politicians further accused Uhuru of sponsoring Azimio’s rally to sabotage Ruto’s revenue plan. 

 

 

 

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