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Prolonged electioneering cost KRA Sh50bn in revenue collection

A mandazi vendor goes about her business with campaign posters displayed on the corrugated iron sheet behind her/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 2 – The prolonged electioneering period has seen Kenya Revenue Authority lose Sh50 billion in revenue collection to date.

This is according to the State Department for Planning Principal Secretary Irungu Nyakera, speaking on the current financial year.

Nyakera adds that the just concluded 2017 election has been particularly painful to investors.

“With the election declaration (Monday), I do hope that we can all now allow Kenya to move on, pick itself up and heal the many wounds the elections has created by pitting friends, brothers, and neighbors against each other,” Nyakera said.

This is not the first time the Authority has missed its target. In the 2016/2017 financial year, KRA missed its target by a similar Sh50 billion, collecting Sh1.365 trillion compared to its target of Sh1.415 trillion.

In the 2017/2018 financial year, the Authority had targeted to collect Sh1.7 trillion to finance the Sh2.6 trillion budget for the country.

Meanwhile, Kenya’s private sector has so far lost about Sh700 billion attributable to the elections.

Kenya Private Sector Alliance Vice Chairperson Patrick Obath last week said if the electioneering process is prolonged further, the economy will continue to hurt.

“This loss is only in the four months that the electioneering period was open,” Obath lamented.

“To those in the opposition, be cognisant Kenya is for us all, you included. To those whose candidate won, be magnanimous and celebrate with humility. We win when we pull in the same direction and towards realisation of vision 2030,” Nyakera said.

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