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Uhuru donates Xmas to IDPs

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 9 – Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta has donated his December salary to internally displaced persons as a Christmas and New Year gift.

Speaking during a breakfast show on vernacular station Kameme FM on Tuesday, Uhuru said it was important for all Kenyans to assist the internally displaced and supplement the government’s resettlement exercise.

"I have donated my December salary in order to assist some of those still in IDP camps and those who have gone back to their farms to celebrate Christmas and New Year like other Kenyans," Mr Kenyatta said.

The Gatundu North MP urged for support from the private sector, religious organisations, NGO’s and individuals to complement the government’s effort of resettling the IDPs.

Mr Kenyatta said: "If every Kenyan can take the burden of IDPs as his own then these people can get back on their feet quickly and contribute to the country’s development and the process of reconciliation."

The Deputy Prime Minister said a lot of resources were required to resettle those displaced by post election violence and that the current resettling strategy required more energy and achievable targets.

"Reconciliation incentives should be included in the resettling program as it is not right to have people living in camps for over one year in their own country while those who have gone back to their farms are also living in tents," The Deputy Prime Minister said.

On the Waki report Mr Kenyatta said his major concern was not the December 17 deadline set by the Waki team to have a law in place that would pave way for a local tribunal but the main focus should be a good law that will stand the test of time.

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"Though a law is good for posterity we should focus more on reconciling our people so that they live together and make sure what happened in January never recurs in this country," he said.

Commenting on taxation of MPs’ allowances Mr Kenyatta said there is need to amend the law as quickly as possible to allow taxation on the allowances paid to all MPs and constitutional office holders.

"The law should be amended now rather than MPs paying taxes on their allowances as an individual or those who are willing," Mr Kenyatta said.

The Deputy Prime Minister who is also trade minister said taxation is guided by the country’s laws and thus even MPs and constitutional office holders should also be included in the taxation bracket in accordance with the law.

On the ongoing ECK staff being sent home together with their commissioners Mr Kenyatta said there was no need of sending the over 600 staff members home saying many were innocent.

"We can not at one go render over 600 Kenyans jobless. There is need for thorough investigations and be humane in handling this sensitive issue," he said.

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