, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 30 – The high cost of basic commodities and expansion of the tax bracket are among key areas Kenyans expect the 2017/18 budget due Thursday to address.
Those who spoke to Capital FM News ahead of the reading of the budget Thursday afternoon by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said the government needs to address the cost of basic food items in order to improve the lot of many citizens.
Some however said that the government needed to identify potential tax contributors and seal gaps that make tax evasion easier.
A reduction in the cost of fuel also featured prominently among Kenyans interviewed by Capital FM News with most saying the high cost of fuel was what triggered high cost of essential household commodities.
“The national debt should come down, fuel costs should come down so that the ordinary Kenyan doesn’t have to dig deeper into the pockets for a packet of flour,” one of those interviewed said.
“A reduction on taxes especially on basic commodities that help us run our day to day lives,” a member of public hoped.
“Widen the tax bracket… bring many people on board and seal all loopholes on tax evasion; bring down the cost of VAT on goods because the ordinary mwananchi is suffering a lot.”
The budget reading comes early this year, ahead of the traditional June, on account of the General Election in August.