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Don't pay taxes, Uhuru tells Mombasa traders

President Uhuru Kenyatta, accompanied with deputy William Ruto, arrives at Kongowea market in Mombasa on October 9, 2017. Photo | Laban Walloga | NMG
President Uhuru Kenyatta, accompanied with deputy William Ruto, arrives at Kongowea market in Mombasa on October 9, 2017. Photo | Laban Walloga | NMG 

President Uhuru Kenyatta today opened a new battle front with Mombasa Governor, Ali Hassan Joho, by telling traders at the County's largest open air market not to pay taxes.

Kongowea market, which was renovated by the national government at a cost of Sh320 million, is one of the devolved unit’s key revenue earners.

Addressing traders at the market Monday, President Kenyatta - who was flanked by his deputy William Ruto and Nyali MP Mohamed Ali - said there was no need for the traders to pay levies to the county.

“This market was built by money from the national government. It was built for the traders and not for an individual. We will investigate and see if it’s not being used well,” the President said.

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