On Tuesday, Former President Uhuru Kenyatta while speaking in Lavington, Nairobi, when they visited the home of the late former Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magogha to sympathize with him following his sudden death last week, shrugged off claims of being victimized by the current administration, intimating that he is too focused on his other duties to be bothered by what he termed as idle talk.
Kenyatta responded to Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, who seemingly hit out at the government over an alleged plot to mistreat the former Head of State.
“So, what is this we are hearing around town? Kalonzo posed.
But when he stood to speak, Uhuru downplayed the apparent tax onslaught and exuded confidence that it’s hot air.
“Na wewe Steve usijali hii watu wanapiga mdomo, wacha wapige bwana. Unajua mtu ambaye hana kitu ingine ya kufanya lazima apige mdogo, wacha wapige bwana, hiyo ni ya dunia, sisi tunaendelea na yetu,” Uhuru said.
According to Kalonzo, the transition from one government to another should always be as seamless and respectful as has been the case in the past, with no form of mud being tossed from one quarter towards the other.
In their response through Twitter, press Secretary to the Presidential Communication Service (PCS) Emmanuel Talaam blasted Uhuru, saying that the conversation about paying taxes won’t end soon.
Talaam was referring to claims that the former President Was behind the funding of Azimio Coalition leader rallies dubbed ‘No Handshake’.
“So someone thinks the conversation about paying tax ni kupiga domo? Hiyo kiburi na madharau itaisha kama ile ya Deep State na System. They never learn,” he tweeted.
Without mentioning Uhuru by name, President William Ruto on Monday said individuals who were in power used state machinery to exempt themselves from paying taxes and are now sponsoring Azimio protests to maintain the status quo.
Ruto, however, vowed that he would not relent in his quest to ensure all Kenyans, regardless of social status, pay taxes.
“Even if they sponsor demonstrations so that they don’t pay taxes, I want to promise them, they will pay tax. There is no more exception,” Ruto said.
He spoke on Monday while addressing the National Assembly Post-Election Seminar in Mombasa county.