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Miguna hits out at Ruto again over new tax levies

Miguna Miguna terms new President Ruto new levies on the eCitizen platform as illegal and unfair.

Lawyer Miguna Miguna has taken aim at President William Ruto and his team for the new tax policies that are being implemented on a daily basis. 

The government gazetted new fees levied on Kenyans for each transaction completed on the eCitizen platform through the National Treasury. 

The Public Finance Management Act serves as the guidance for the introduction of the levies, according to CS Njuguna Ndung’u.

He added that all of Kenya’s electronic payment channels—mobile money, electronic bank transfers, real-time gross settlements (RTGS), wallets, debit/credit cards, and other payment methods—have been updated to reflect the increased fees.

“The pro-rated changes will be applicable to all services unless otherwise waived by the Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury and Economic Planning. The charges take effect immediately. Gazette Notice No. 1350 of 2023 is revoked,” CS Njuguna maintained.

Reacting to the development, Miguna argued it was unfair for the government to tax Kenyans visiting the websites they already service.

He likened the online platforms to government offices that run the taxpayer finances.

While opposing the plan, Miguna said it was illegal.

This, he said, was akin to double taxation burdening an already exploited Kenyan.

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“I oppose! public/government websites are like public offices that Kenyans already pay for with their taxes. Charging citizens to access government/public websites and offices constitutes double taxation, which is illegal,” said Miguna.

The Treasury announced that for transactions below Ksh199, Kenyans will be charged a nominal fee of Ksh5.

For transactions ranging between Ksh200 299, a Ksh10 fee will be imposed.

For those paying between 300-499, they will be charged Ksh15.

For transactions costing Ksh500-699, a nominal fee of Ksh20 will be imposed.

Ksh700- 999 a fee of Ksh25 will be applicable while those above Ksh1000 will be charged Ksh50.

Any amount in US Dollars will be charged USD1.

The new charges take effect immediately.

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