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Uhuru's dilemma in the face of overburdened Kenyans? - 4 months ago, 21 Sep 00:10

By: Moses Michira

[Photo: Charles Kimani\DPPS]

Kenyans’ collective anger about the new taxes is among the new realities that President Uhuru Kenyatta will deal with after successfully pushing through taxation measures that had earlier been rejected by Parliament.

While he will not be seeking re-election, it will be a tough balancing act for him in the remainder of this term during which his Government has been pushed to the wall and has embraced unpopular proposals.

Life has just got tougher for many, especially the poor, following the introduction of many new taxes that Uhuru has termed “short-term pain for long-term gain”.

A key plank in his re-election pledge was lowering the cost of living for Kenyans, but the new taxes mean the exact opposite.

Economists have warned that raising the tax rates could actually be counterproductive as increased prices for commodities could mean less consumption.

The matter is compounded by the ...
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