Blow to Ruto as court declares housing levy unconstitutional

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A High Court in Nairobi has declared the housing levy that was introduced by President William Ruto as unconstitutional.




Judges Lawrence Mugambi, Christine Meoli and David Majanja on Tuesday ruled that the introduction of the levy was discriminatory since it imposed taxes on salaried Kenyans alone and excluded those working in the informal sector.




The three-judge bench was appointed by Chief Justice Martha Koome.





“An order is granted prohibiting the respondent from collecting/ charging or otherwise charging on Affordable Housing Act on the basis of section 84 of the Finance Act and all prayers on the consolidated petition not specifically granted,” Judge Majanja ruled.





Lawyer George Murungara has asked judges to grant a stay for 45 days as the government mulls the way forward


More to follow….

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