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Police lob teargas at youth protesting housing levy ruling

Youth holds protests against the Court of Appeal decision to halt Housing Levy deduction.

Police were on Tuesday forced to lob tear gas at a group of youth protesting against the court’s ruling on the Housing Levy.

The demonstrators had held a march outside Milimani Law Courts waving twigs and chanting “haki yetu”.

While dressed in constructor’s attire, the youth demanded that the government carry out the housing project.

They also had placards written “Affordable Housing is not just a programme. It’s a lifeline for a better quality of life.”

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One of the protesters, an electrical engineer decried lack of employment, saying he had hopes of getting money from the government’s project before the court’s ruling.

“Housing levy lazima. Mimi kama mfanyakazi naomba kazi iendelee kwa sababu bila hiyo watu wataingililia vitu mbaya,” another said.

This comes after the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the High Court declaring the Affordable Housing Levy unconstitutional.

The court declined the state’s application to halt the implementation of the High Court judgement which rendered the housing levy unconstitutional pending the determination of their appeal.

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