MP threaten to impose tax shut down

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Shortly after the heated debate by the County Assembly representatives of Kitui to oust the County Finance CECM Hon. Mary Nguli, the vocal Kitui East lawmaker Hon. Nimrod Mbai has dared Governor Charity Ngilu to sack to immediately sack the CECM from the County Executive if not so he would mobilise the county youths to barr the county government to collect taxes from the trading centres that largely contribute to the high tax rates countywide.

Mbai said that he was leading the recruitment drive of volunteer youths from every major market to actualise the planned revenue shut down seeking to push Governor Ngilu to sack the Ms. Nguli who was impeached by the assembly members late last year over incompetency, embezzlement of the county funds among other allegations and thereafter proceeded to court to restrain the county legislators from investigating her.

“She is in office courtesy of a court order but we need a political solution to this impasse. The officer must be relieved of her duties following the public outcry the way Sonko (Nairobi governor) does,” Mbai said.

The targeted markets for revenue collection shut down include Yatta (Kwa- vonza), Syongila barrier, Kalundu market, Kithomboani, Mwingi market, Mutomo, Zombe and Mbitini all that heavily necessitate the heavy tax collection by the county.Other towns listed for revenue shut down are Mutha, Kisasi and Tseikuru livestock markets.

Mbai issued a two weeks ultimatum to governor Ngilu if not so the planned countywide tax collection shuts down barring the county officers from the Department of Treasury entering to such markets for tax collection.

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