President William Ruto while speaking in Meru County on Saturday, June 17 said his government will not stop implementing taxes.
The head of state noted that paying taxes is the only way to increase the country’s revenue.
President Ruto who officiated Farmers’ Day in Meru and Kiambu counties stated that the Kenya Kwanza government is committed to ensuring the success of its projects including the implementation of the controversial Finance Bill and the Housing Fund.
Moreover, President Ruto reiterated that the programmes by Kenya Kwanza such as the Housing project would secure employment for the ‘over five million unemployed youth in the country to solve the present unemployment problem in the country.
“Tuko na vijana milioni tano hawana kazi na wanaongezeka kutoka college karibu 800k na tusipopanga kazi ya hawa vijana watapotea,” he said.
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“Mpango wetu wa housing itatusaidia kuwapatia hawa vijana kazi…tutaka na 250,000 units kila mwaka tutapata kazi ya carpenters, marsons na wengine.” He added.
He further mentioned former President Mwai Kibaki’s regime where he shunned debts and came up with ways of increasing revenue collections.
As such, the head of state noted that he would follow in Kibaki’s footsteps and prioritize the collection of taxes as the ultimate solution to grow the economy.
“Mambo ni mawili; Mzee Kibaki wakati alikua Rais tulikua tunakusanya ushuru 200 billion. Akatusaidia kutusukumia mpaka ikafika 900 billion karibu one trillion,” he noted.
“Niendelee na ile ya kukopa ama nirudi kwa ile ya Kibaki tukusanye ushuru? Si hii madeni itaendelea kutuingisha kwa tabu? Na si ni mimi niko hapo sasa? Mimi sitakuwa Rais wa kuingiza nchi kwa matope, kwa hivyo tuendelee kukusanya ushuru, tujenge taifa letu la Kenya.” Presient Ruto added.
Furthermore, the President noted that the unemployment crisis in the country has exposed the youth and led the majority of them into drug and substance abuse.
Likewise, President Ruto said the government will in the current budget establish ICT hubs in all the wards to trickle the job creation to the county level to reduce the jobless.
“We are going to establish in every word ICT centres because we do not want unemployment to take our future generation in the wrong direction,” President Ruto stated.