In Summary
  • He has also said he will do away with contentious levies proposed in the new Bill.
  • But Mr Sonko said that the proposed new Sh400 daily parking fee for motorists in the CBD will remain.
  • MCAs have 90 days from the day the Finance Bill 2019 was gazetted, to approve or amend the tax proposals.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has said he will revoke a legal notice his administration had gazetted allowing for introduction of some taxes in this year’s Finance Bill.

He has also said he will do away with contentious levies proposed in the new Bill.

Governor Sonko claimed that he was not consulted and that the legal notice was gazetted without his approval and signature. He appealed to the Nairobi County Assembly to use all legal ways possible to have it revoked.

NOT SIGNED

“I have not signed anything and I was not consulted on the same. We should be meeting before tabling any proposals affecting Nairobi people and as the governor, there is no notice that can be gazetted without my knowledge.

“There is no way you can bypass me and the assembly and propose sensitive issues touching on things that affect Wanjiku (the common mwananchi),” added Mr Sonko.

He was speaking in Mombasa on Wednesday during a meeting with the assembly’s Budget and Appropriations Committee and members of the executive over the Finance Bill.

GAZETTE NOTICE

According to the gazette notice by Finance and Economic Planning Executive Charles Kerich, Nairobi residents were to start paying the new taxes which include increased parking fees, new charges for garbage collection, fire certificates and inspection for cats and dogs effective July 19, 2019.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 2 of the Nairobi County Provisional Collection of Revenue Act, 2013, the County Executive Committee Member for Finance and Economic Planning orders that all provisions of the Bill relating to taxes, fees, charges, levies and penalties shall have effect as though the Bill were passed into law,” read the Legal Notice 3.

On September 6, 2013, the assembly passed the Nairobi County Provisional Collection of Revenue Act, enabling the executive to effect sections of a Finance bill without going through the complete process of enactment by the county assembly.

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