- Raila Odinga
Azimio party leader Raila Odinga has demanded that President William Ruto leave former First lady, Mama Ngina Kenyatta, and his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta alone amid the raging tax debate.
Speaking at the Kamukunji Grounds in Kibra on Sunday, February 5, Odinga reckoned that Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua should have respect for Mama Ngina.
He claimed that it was embarrassing for them for Mama Ngina to come out and clarify tax evasion claims by the Kenya Kwanza government.
"Yesterday, Mama Ngina came out to speak on the issue because they really insulted her. She was arrested during Mau Mau and spent time in Kamiti. You have no respect yet she is the age of your grandmother," Odinga stated.A collage of President William Ruto (left) and retired President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) and Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (right)File
The Azimio chief explained that the law to exempt presidents from paying taxes was passed in 1963, and implemented in 1969.
However, he accused Ruto and Gachagua of being ignorant since that law was amended in 1982 not only to exempt heirs of the presidents but every Kenyan from paying tax on an inherited estate when their parents pass on.
"The law initially only exempted Jomo Kenyatta but when Moi took over, he added his name in 1981.
"In 1982, the parliament exempted all Kenyans from paying taxes if they inherited land from their parents should they die. That is the law of succession," the former Premier noted.
Odinga opined that if anything was to go by, Ruto encouraged the evasion of tax by appointing notorious tax offenders to the cabinet and to head state corporations.
The former Prime Minister's attack on the government came a day after Mama Ngina denied claims of not submitting remittances to the revenue collector.
She declared that paying taxes was every Kenyan's constitutional duty and dared the government to auction her property upon tabling proof of her alleged tax evasion.
On February 2, Gachagua invited Uhuru for talks over how the Kenyatta family can meet their tax obligation, stating that they are willing to accept Ksh1 billion every month from the former first family.Former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta addresses a congregation at the St. Teresa's Catholic Church in Mpeketoni, Lamu County, on Saturday, February 4, 2023.Citizen Digitalarrest tax evasion
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