MCAs want businesses exempted from tax due to COVID-19

Nakuru County assembly buildings.PHOTO/Courtesy

Nakuru County Assembly resumed its sittings on Tuesday with members focusing on efforts that should be made by the county response team in the fight against spread of the deadly corona Virus.

The assembly has appealed to the county government to stop charges made to the business community in terms of licenses.

The MCAs say business people should be left to run their businesses until the Covid menace will be completely dealt with.

“The county should now exempt business persons from paying for licenses during this difficult time” said Gilgil town MCA Jane Wangui.

According to the MCA, the county should stop making the charges to business persons during this harsh moment.

Similar sentiments echoed by Dundori Ward MCA Michael Machembu who noted that the harsh economic times demands for measures to caution business persons.

However, Deputy Speaker Samuel Tonui stating that tax evasion will see the County losing more than Ksh 700 million every month.

He says Kenyans should be ready for worst times ahead as development will also be affected.

He says the most affected will be development projects at the ward level.

On his part Majority leader Moses Ndung’u Calling on the county government of Nakuru to ensure solutions are in place to caution residents against the COVID-19.

He said as County assembly they will be looking at the Supplementary budget to ensure that it solves the crisis that less privileged in society will be facing.

Moreover the members have also called upon the government to offer free seeds and fertilizers to farmers in the rural areas.

Thy say that the small wages they have been getting are no longer available and they should be supplied so that in the moment the Corona prevails farmers should depend on the agricultural products.

Martin Gichinga
Author: Martin Gichinga

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