The National government and Kenya Revenue Authority should find alternative ways of dealing with local investors accused of evading taxes, Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson K. Mandago, EGH has said.
Mandago took issue with the manner in which the government was handling the local investors accused of failing to pay their taxes terming the move counterproductive and demoralizing to the upcoming entrepreneurs.
Speaking while commissioning Jijenge Quarry at Yamumbi in Kapseret sub-county, on Saturday, the governor said that it was wrong for the government to shut down local companies in connection with tax evasion.
Jijenge Quarry was established last year by a group of youths with the aim of creating employment opportunities among their peers so as to save them from engaging into criminal activities that would put them into trouble with the law enforcement agencies.
The County Chief asked the government and KRA to come up with an amicable way on to ow handle local companies that are on their radar over outstanding taxes running into billions of shillings instead of closing the business pointing out that such a move would hurt employment opportunities for Kenyans.
If we continue to frustrate local companies over their failure to pay outstanding taxes then we shall be opening more opportunities for foreign investors to come and set shop in the country at the expense of encouraging our own investors to open shops in the country,” said Mandago.
Even as the quarry is commissioned, the Jijenge Company had already built a police station and provided water for the community as part of the corporate social responsibility.
Earlier the Governor presided over the handing over of the police post to the National Police Service which was built by the quarry company.
Prior to that, the county boss commissioned the Gitwe Water Project which was fully funded by the county government of Uasin Gishu.
The project is expected to provide water for more than 3,000 households.
The governor also inspected the ongoing construction of Gitwe Dispensary where he revealed than Sh7M will be pumped into the project for its completion.
In the evening the governor graced the wedding of Job and Milka at the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Cathedral in Eldoret town.
He was flagged by County executives CPA Julius Ruto (Finance) Mary Njogu (Water) Samuel Yego (Agriculture), Chief Officers, Jane Njuguna, Joseph Maritim and Barnabas Too among other county officials.