Universities staff union oppose 1.5 tax increment saying they were not consulted

Kenya Universities staff Union (KUSU) chair Charles Mukhwaya (centre) at a past press briefing. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Kenya University staff union KUSU has joined those opposing the 1.5 percent tax on employees monthly gross that is budgeted for the National Housing Development Fund.

Addressing members of the press in Nairobi, KUSU Secretary general  Charles Mukhwaya alluded that they are protesting against it because of no public participation carried out nor stakeholders consultation as envisaged by the law in the stages of coming up with the tax.

“We oppose this tax being pushed down Kenyan’s workers’ throats because it smacks of double taxation since Kenyans already pay Income Tax and Value Added Tax on virtually all products and services,” Said Mukwaya.

Mukwaya added that the action by the government is not only seen as double jeopardy considering the 1.5% tax increases both to employees and employer is also the plain action of stifling Kenya’s vision 2030.

“The human resources intended to drive the vision are trained by universities that are now limping due to the reduction of funding and governments ever-shrinking funds to the universities.

Kusu also demands that the government’s oversight role to universities be upscaled and intensified to stop the painful taxpayers’ money from getting into bottomless pits.

“We demand to see the ministry of education help the president in the fight on bad governance, pilferage, and plunder of public funds including in universities” He added.