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Ruto says he is happy and proud of how Kenyans are paying taxes

President William Ruto now declares that he is happy and proud of the discussion Kenyans are having about their tax payments as opposed to the amount of debt the nation is accruing.

In a subtle jab at the administration of his predecessor, Uhuru Kenyatta, President Ruto hinted that his government is more focused on increasing domestic revenue than on taking on external debt.

Unlike previous regimes that relied on foreign aid, he stated that his administration would continue to search for innovative ways to raise taxes for its own development.

Speaking on Friday in Mombasa on the occasion of the Kenya Revenue Authority’s (KRA) National Taxpayers’ Day, the Head of State also said that we need to reduce our spending in order to live within our means and stay off the debt-accumulating spiral.

The president’s comments coincide with a growing outcry among Kenyans over the numerous levies that the current government has imposed on them.

The most current of these was after Ruto last month signed four bills pertaining to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) into law.

As a result, Kenyans working in the formal sector would have to contribute 2.75 percent of their monthly salary, with a Ksh. 300 minimum and Ksh. 5,000 maximum cap.

After the government implemented new car taxes in September, importers of used cars in the nation also suffered a significant setback.

A new depreciation schedule was implemented by KRA, capping the maximum depreciation rate at 65% of the vehicle’s value instead of the previous 70%.

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