The Secretary General for Union of Workers COTU Francis Atwoli has asked the national government, to act urgently and easy the burden of paying rents to millions of lowly earning Kenyans.
Atwoli speaking on Thursday said the government should wave total taxes to all landlords, and direct a three months free rents to safeguard all workers who are going through hard times of economy due to the pandemic of Covid-19.
The COTU boss added that millions of people are starving in many parts of the country, considering many of their business and place of work have been closed down to curb the wide spread of the disease.
“The government should take an intitiave to ensure that business men like landlords are exempted on a total taxes so as for coming three months, workers and lowly placed people in Small and Medium Enterprises(SMEs) are not asked to pay rents”.
His statement comes few hours after reports of conflicts rose between plots owners and tenants in slums of Eldoret, Uasin Gishu county over delay of rental paymetnt.
This is happening as many Kenyans continues with their daily activity to look for essential needs like food stuffs, opposed to staying at home as requested, putting their life at risk of contracting the deadly disease.
On Tuesday, the Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen made a bold move to aid to cushion disadvantaged Kenyans from effects of Corona Virus, for demanding the government to come up with a cash circulation programme to more than 15 millions living in informal settlements.
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