Kiambu traders protest increased levies


Kiambu traders protest increased levies

The traders, led by their chairman Joseph Wainaina Muiru, said an earlier announcement by County Governor William Kabogo has not been effected saying the rates have in fact increased.

The county government has failed to honour last year's High Court ruling that ordered a reduction of the levies and refund to those who had been overcharged," said Muiru.

The traders stormed the MPs office demanding audience with area MP Francis Waititu as they sort a resolution to the matter.

Addressing the angry protestors, Waititu said he will find ways of addressing the issue as he urged the traders to remain calm.

Governor William Kabogo last week said the levies taxed on solid waste management and small businesses outside urban centres will be reduced by half, though the declaration has not been implemented since it is yet to be gazetted.

Among the traders that are set to benefit from the new charges, if implemented, include hawkers, kiosk owners, butcheries, shoe shiners, small hotels and groceries among others.

By Benjamin Wafula

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