On Tuesday, Government Spokesperson Col. Cyrus Oguna blasted Kenyans for whining too much about the current high taxes and the rising cost of living after fuel prices hit a nine-year high over the weekend.
Oguna told Kenyans to stop complaining but instead “stand firm” and support the government by paying taxes adding that citizens in developed countries pay higher taxes.
However, what the government spokesman forgot to mention is the huge difference in utilization and accountability of the taxes paid in developed countries and developing nations like ours.
If the citizens are confident that their funds are utilized in the right way and not stolen or mismanaged, then the higher taxes charged by the government will be justified and support for the state will come naturally.
Moreover, it makes little sense that fuel is cheaper in a landlocked nation like Uganda despite the country depending on Kenya’s Port of Mombasa as the main import route for its fuel products.
If we pay higher taxes, then Kenyans should be justified to demand better services similar to the ones offered by governments of developed nations.
Do you think Kenyans have the right to complain about paying high taxes or should we stop whining and support the government as indicated by Oguna?
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