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Cement companies owe the State Sh198 million in levies

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Auditor General Edward Ouko. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Three struggling cement makers owe the government Sh198.4 million in unpaid levies for the year to June 2016, Parliament heard Tuesday.

Athi River Mining leads the pack with arrears totalling Sh96.5 million while State owned East African Portland Cement Company owes the mining ministry Sh68.3 million.

Savannah Cement has a balance of Sh20 million that is due to the State department.

“The decline in revenue collected was due to poor levy remittance from Athi River Mining Company, Savannah Cement and East African Portland Cement Company which were experiencing liquidity problems hence they did not remit their levies in full in the financial year 2015/16,” John Omenge, the principal secretary for Mining said.

He told the Public Accounts Committee that only Sh50.4 million was recovered from four cement companies in the year 2015/16.

Mr Omenge was responding to Auditor General Edward Ouko’s queries. Mr Ouko said the financial statements of the Ministry reflect other receipts amounting to Sh1.139 billion or 13.7 per cent decline from Sh1.319 billion declared in 2014/15.