Former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta has accused the government of making pointless accusations directed towards her family over payment of taxes.
In a rare outburst directed towards the government, she has dared the government to take her to court if indeed she has not been paying taxes or better yet sell her property. The former First Lady was speaking in Lamu where she accused Kenya Kwanza allied politicians of speaking just for the sake of doing so.
“Naskia mengine inasemwa ati wengine hawatoi kodi, hawatoi nini…nashangaa kwa sababu kila mtu anaamka kusema hii na mwengine anasema hii, lakini serikali iko na laini yake ya vile mambo inaendeshwa,” she said.
“Mambo ya kodi, income tax ni lazima, mkubwa au mdogo, kulipa kulingana na uwezo wake na mapato yake. Hiyo si mambo ya kuzungumza katika magazeti, kwa mikutano, ama TV. Kwa sababu ukikosa kulipa kodi unapelekwa kortini, hiyo ndio sheria.”
Mama Ngina went ahead to dare the government to auction her property and belongings in order to settle any perceived debt if it is indeed true that she has not been paying her taxes.
“Ukikosa kulipa ile unatakiwa kulipa, lazima vitu vyako vitachukuliwa na kuuzwa. Kwa hivyo hakuna haja…hakuna mambo ya kuwaharibia wengine majina ndio watu wasikike eti wanafanya kazi, wanaendesha nchi, hapana,” she added.
“Mtu ashtakiwe alipe ile kitu anatakiwa kulipa. Na kama ni mimi, ata nikiwa na mwaka mmoja nimekosea bila kulipa, mali ichukuliwe ilipe ile tax. Kwa hivyo hakuna haja ya kufanya siasa hivi na vile…na watu wanajua hawasemi ukweli, wanataka tu kusema ndio wasikike eti wanataja majina.”
On Monday, Kenya Kwanza senators, led by John Methu (Nyandarua), urged the National Assembly to investigate tax waivers enjoyed by the Kenyatta family during former President Uhuru’s tenure.
The senators also want an audit of Uhuru’s wealth to establish whether the former First family dully paid its land rates.