, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 12 – A Kiambu resident has filed a petition in the High Court seeking the removal of County Governor William Kabogo from office.
In an urgent application lodged in the High court on Thursday, Ahmed Chege Gikera sought Kabogo’s ouster from office on grounds that he is continuing to levy taxes through a Bill that has been declared unconstitutional.
The Petitioner argued that the levy will have detrimental effects to the social, political and economic well-being of not only himself but also the other residents of the County.
The Kiambu County Finance Bill 2013 which the petitioner is referring to proposes a tax levy on farmers before the carcasses of their livestock and pets are disposed. Residents would also be charged to bury their dead where one would have to part with Sh4,500 to bury an adult, Sh 3,000 to bury a child and Sh2,500 to bury an infant.
The Bill also introduced a levy for burials in public cemeteries.
Last year, Judge George Odunga declared the Kiambu County Finance Bill 2013 unconstitutional due to lack of public participation. The High court in its verdict directed the County government of Kiambu to draft the Bill afresh and involve the residents.
Now Gikera accuses the County government of continuing to levy charges and taxes through the illegal Finance Act.
The Bill was meant to raise revenue to fund the county’s Sh12.6 billion budget.
The case will be heard on Monday.