Kiambu County Assembly reject death tax Finance Bill

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Kiambu County AssemblyA financial crisis is looming in Kiambu after members of the County Assembly rejected the Finance Bill on Wednesday.

Assembly members said the Bill was written by the county executive, chaired by Governor William Kabogo without public participation as per the Constitution.

They also claimed that the Bill proposed bizarre and draconian levies and taxes.

“If anyone was to go to court today, and halt the collection of revenue in Kiambu County, the individual will be justified since no money should be collected without a Finance Bill for reference,” said Sigona Ward representative Mutonya Njenga.

The deadline for the passage of the Finance Bill was September 30, 2013 which was the last date for transition.

Reverting to the previous Finance Bill in collection of taxes and levies by the 12 sub-counties in Kiambu County would be illegal.

BACK TO DRAWING BOARD

Kiambu County Finance Executive Mary Nguli was asked to quickly draft another Bill.

She was asked to consider the recommendations of the Finance and Budget Committee as collected from the public, elected leaders and any other group during their sittings.

Among those who opposed the bill were ward representatives for Kikuyu Binary Wainaina, Karungo wa Thangwa (Ngewa), James Mburuti (Komothai), Nelson Munga (Ndeiya), Mwangi wa Mwangi (Hospital), Mutonya Njenga (Sigona), and Joseph Mburu of Nyanduma.

The special assembly sitting was chaired by Speaker Nick Ndichu.

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Kiambu Members of the County Assembly tear copies of the Kiambu County Finance Bill, 2013 after they rejected it during a special assembly sitting in Kiambu Town on Wednesday November 13, 2013. They asked the county executive led by Governor William Kabogo to draft another bill through public participation. PHOTO/ANNE MACHARIA

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