, MACHAKOS, Kenya, Jun 27 – Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has directed the Ministry of Finance and Revenue Management in the county to stop the collection of specific levies.
The order which comes as a reprieve to thousands of small scale traders in the county takes effect from Wednesday June, 28 2017.
“This order is meant to protect vulnerable members of our business community and grow our local economy. All revenue collection and enforcement agencies have been informed about the decision,” said Mutua.
Among the levies suspended include those for hawkers, small scale vegetable retailers and small scale cereal vendors’.
Market cess for livestock, bus park fees for matatus, tuk tuk’s and boda boda cyclists have also been suspended.
Mitumba traders in all markets will also benefit from the directive.
Mutua who addressed a news conference at his Machakos office also directed that all penalties for single business permits rates charged to salons, shops, barber shops, shoe shiners, kiosks, and M-PESA shops be lifted immediately.
‘My government shall not increase any fees on single business permits. Any officer found charging increased fees or harassing traders should be reported to the relevant office for immediate disciplinary action,” said Mutua.
Present also was the County Minister for Finance Elizabeth Mutheu , acting County Secretary Grace Munguti and Finance Chief Officer Jacinta Masila.
Mutua said he was committed to improving the lives of the people by offering key services for free.
“That’s why government has pioneered in offering free ambulance services to those in need,” said Mutua.