Section of Ameru leaders in Nairobi now want Nairobi City County Government to revoke all taxes being levied on Miraa products in the city.
This comes just a day after Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho ordered the withdrawal of tax payments for miraa transporters to Mombasa County.
Led by Nominated MCA Doris Kanario, the Miraa traders in Nairobi are suffering with no markets yet they pay huge taxes to the county government.
‘‘We want to ask the county government of Nairobi to move with speed and waive all taxes being imposed on Miraa products…..remember Miraa has employed many individuals not Ameru community alone. In Majengo ,Gikomba and Eastleigh Miraa traders are scattered some along the building walls because they lack markets,’’ she said.
‘‘We want to thank Joho for making the bold step. Today we have received reports that no one was charged at Kongowea Market in Mombasa a clear gesture that Joho’s directives have been implemented.. we want same in Nairobi,’’Kanario added.
Speaking in Meru Joho promised miraa farmers tha no charges shall be imposed on their precious commodity in Mombasa County.
Mombasa County Assembly in 2014 rejected a motion that proposed a ban on consumption of miraa by public service drivers.
“I have heard what Raila has said and promised once elected President, he will open a market for Miraa in Somalia, Somaliland, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Due to your warm welcome, from today, we will not charge tax for Miraa heading to Mombasa County,” Joho said.
Mombasa County Draft Finance Bill 2020-2021 stipulates a charge of Ksh 1,000 for a sack of Miraa and Ksh 1,000 for every box of Miraa getting into the county.
Transporters who have been transporting Miraa to Mombasa pay for the charges at Miritini tax barrier.
By Allan Otieno
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