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Ruto defends plan to spy Kenyans’ mobile transactions on tax collection scheme

Ruto defends his government’s plan to Kenyans’ mobile transactions in a bid to tighten the country’s tax collection scheme.

Speaking on Saturday, January 21, during the ordination and installation of Reverend Henry Juma Odonya as Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kitale at Kitale Showgrounds in Trans-Nzoia County, Ruto insisted that collecting taxes would enable his administration to fund the education programme.

In addition to subsidizing education from pre-kindergarten through post-secondary institutions, Ruto said that the money the government would collect will be crucial in financing the budget.

“Every Kenyan should pay their part of taxes so that the state can have the money to make sure every child of Kenya goes to school without burdening their parents,” the Head of State clarified.

“I have been looking for people to support my tax programme. You have all heard from the church that everybody should pay taxes. This will enable us to raise money to run this country,” he added.

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Ruto praised the church for supporting his tax collection scheme and mentioned that religious leaders were assisting him in raising awareness of its importance among the populace.

His remarks came as the public continued to express outrage over news that the government had started measures to track mobile money transactions in the country.

“As part of the economic turnaround plan, the government will scale up revenue collection efforts to Ksh3.0 trillion in the FY 2023/24 and Ksh4.0 trillion over the medium term.

“Close monitoring of payments from the government to ensure correct taxes are declared and paid will be done accordingly,” the draft 2023 Budget Policy Statement read.

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