Kenya: Those Opposed to the Housing Levy Are Selfish – Ruto

Nairobi — President William Ruto did not waste the opportunity to pitch for the 3 percent Housing Fund levy at National Prayer Breakfast, saying those opposed to it are selfish.

President Ruto insists that the Housing Fund Kitty is aimed at helping millions of jobless hustlers in the country, and wants a sober debate on the proposal contained in the Finance Bill 2023.

“If we feel the pain of the 3 percent then it’s because we are alive but if we feel the pain of the 7 million Kenyans who live in the slums then we are human beings,” he said even as the Finance Committee retreated to finalize the Bill to be tabled in Parliament next week ahead of Budget reading.

The president said bold decisions must be made for Kenya to move forward.

The President insisted that his administration will focus on ensuring the country lives within its means by reducing debt borrowing and revamping tax collection to raise revenue for his Sh 3.6 trillion budget for the next financial year.

“It’s time to be bold and brave. Delayed tactics and failure are written in the shaky handwriting of cowards. Excuses are the nails used to construct the coffins of failure,” Ruto said at the annual National Prayer Breakfast.

The Head of State expressed hope that the proposed taxes by his administration will ultimately transform the country.

“This moment demands singular courage. Our commitment is under test, only bold decisions will enable us make the best of these opportunities to unlock the possibility of the Kenya we all want,” the President said.

President Ruto while urging Kenyans to fasten their belts once the Finance Bill passes invoked Daniel 11:32 bible scripture that ‘those who know their God they shall be strong and they shall do exploits’.

“Living within our means requires us to work with what we have. Remember Moses when he was confronted with situations, God asked him what do you have in your hands. We all know what he hand in his hands,” he said.

The National Assembly Finance Committee led by Molo MP Kimani Kuria has retreated to write a report on the bill after receiving over 1000 submissions from various stakeholders during public participation.

The Finance Committee is set to table the report before the house on Tuesday next week ahead of the budget reading set for Thursday next week.