Traders in Eastleigh closed shops in protest to increase in taxes levied on imports by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).
Thile traders are protestijg the increase in tax levied on 40ft containers.
Since 2017 KRA has increased the tax on each container from Kshs. 800K to 1.6 million to 2.5 to 3 Million. KRA is now demanding Kshs. 12 Million from each container.
This has not gone well with the traders.
“This is actually more than the cost of the clothes in the containers”, said one trader.
The protestors were joined by their area MP Yusuf Hassan. The Legislator accused KRA of raising taxes without consultation.
“If you have already bought your goods and they are in the high seas, then Kenya Revenue Authority decides to raise taxes, without consultation…that’s a problem”, the Kamukunji legislator said.
Some of those affected took to social media to condemn KRA under the hashtag; ‘KRAKillingCargoCompanies.
Some of the tweets we sampled below:
— Ahmed Mohamed ((ASMALi)) (@Asmali77) April 3, 2019
Eastleigh businesses closing down for a day will have an impact on the targets and I urge Nyamakima and Kirinyaga road businesses to also follow suit and close down because they are also facing the same problems quietly #KRAKillingCargoCompanies
— ABuSakeena (@FauzKhalid) April 3, 2019
Below are some photos of the ghost ‘city’ Eastleigh and protestors.
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