In Summary
  • Market chairperson Wanjiku Mungai said the new rates will adversely affect their businesses.
  • The association chairperson Likwaro Leleshwa said the boycott would continue until all their grievances are addressed.

A boycott by traders protesting newly introduced taxes in Taita Taveta is threatening to plunge the coastal county into a revenue crisis.

The county government could soon be starved of revenue should traders at the major markets in Wundanyi, Voi, Taveta and Mwatate continue agitating against the new rates.

This comes after the county administration started implementing the Finance Act 2018 on Monday last week. On Tuesday this week, operations at the busy Taveta cross-border market ground to a halt as traders staged demonstrations.

It is the biggest fresh-produce market in the region, attracting traders from both Kenya and Tanzania.

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They have threatened to go to court to challenge the new law, claiming they were not consulted. Market chairperson Wanjiku Mungai said the new rates will adversely affect their businesses.

“The margins are very high. We cannot afford to pay such huge amounts in taxes. Our businesses will collapse,” she said.

The new law raises taxes on commodities by more than 100 percent.

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