Kenyan President says public officers are not above the law as he orders reduction of tax burden on SMEs

EYEAFRICA TV: Nairobi, Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta has reminded state and public officers that they are not above the law and they must always ensure that they operate within the limits of the Kenyan constriction which demands that state and public officers serve no other master but the constitution itself.
Addressing over 30, 000 Kenyans at the celebrations of Jamhuri Day (Republic Day) at the  Nyayo National Stadium in the capital Nairobi, on Wednesday, President Kenyatta also directed the Kenya Revenue Authority and the National Treasury to immediately embark on an overhaul of Kenya’s tax regime to reduce the burden on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Jamhuri Day (Republic Day) is a national holiday in Kenya, celebrated on 12 December each year. It is the Swahili word for “republic” and the holiday is meant to officially mark the date when Kenya became an autonomous republic on 12th December 1964.
Mr Kenyatta told the gathering that when learners sit down to acquire knowledge and to discover their full potential, they do so guided by a new world class competence-based curriculum that extensively utilizes the digital learning platforms fit for learning practices and the demands of the 21st century.
Mr Kenyatta also told his countrymen that the country’s education system has witnessed rapid expansion of tertiary education both in terms of access and scope, saying their university polytechnics and vocational training institutions ensure that every Kenyan has an opportunity to further their knowledge and expertise in building their livelihoods.
He said the Government is focused unlocking bottlenecks that are holding back the potential of Kenyan enterprises, assuring that his government is determined to ensure elimination of bureaucracy and simplification of processes in trade, access to credit as well as streamline consumer protection.

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