MP proposes abolition of levies on employment clearance certificates

February 12, 2019 4:36 pm
Keter argues that such levies imposed on obtaining the requisite clearance certificates are discriminatory to the less privileged in society and has tasked the relevant Cabinet Secretaries under whose institutions they fall to reconsider abolishing the taxes/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 12 – Nominated Member of Parliament Gideon Keter has drafted a legislative proposal that seeks to waive any fee to be incurred by youths or a person with disability in acquiring clearance certificates when seeking employment.

Keter has said under his Employment Amendment Bill, 2018 the waiver on Certificate of Good Conduct, Higher Educations Loans Board {HELB), Credit Reference Bureau (CRB) and Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission certificates would go a long way in aiding the youth access employment opportunities.

Keter argues that such levies imposed on obtaining the requisite clearance certificates are discriminatory to the less privileged in society and has tasked the relevant Cabinet Secretaries under whose institutions they fall to reconsider abolishing the taxes.

“Employment is a major concern to all Kenyans at the moment; reason being a youthful individual seeking employment is required to produce the requisite documents needed to pass for a job interview and more often than not that amount of money needed to furnish self with the documents is a problem,” he told Capital FM News on Tuesday at Parliament buildings.

Currently, anyone seeking to be employed by the government is forced to part with Sh1,050 for obtaining certificate of good conduct, Sh1,000 for HELB, Sh500 for EACC and Sh2,200 for CRB.

Keter who on Tuesday presented his proposal before the National Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee underscored that such abolition of the levies would be a reprieve to many youths who are “sometimes locked out of job interviews because of not producing the needed documents.”

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