President William Ruto
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No matter what it takes, President William Ruto has stated he will execute the housing levy.

Given that the primary obstacle has been implementation, Ruto stated he is certain and committed to seeing through the plan to completion.

He went on to say that Kenya could carry out and implement the plan if other nations could.

 

He was giving a speech at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) on Wednesday during the formal launch of the second annual Kenya Diaspora Investment Conference.

"I am telling you this time round I am implementing it and I am so determined because we must do it. Korea did it, Singapore, Malaysia and that is why they are ahead of us," he said.

According to President Ruto, Azimio la Umoja's manifesto had the same project as the Kenya Kwanza manifesto.

 

"This beautiful project was in the manifesto of Kenya Kwanza. The same housing project, complete with percentages of the levy was also in the Azimio manifesto," he noted.

Nonetheless, the head of state said that the problem stemmed from the Housing Levy's implementation.

He remarked that although there is obvious work to be done, Kenyans lack the guts to do it.

"But when it came to implementation, that is where the devil lives. Nobody wanted it implemented. We all want to talk about it, it is good, telling the people what is to be done and not," Ruto said.

"We know what we must do but cannot gather the courage to do it. This time round whatever it takes we will implement it."

The administration of President William Ruto has been proposing harsh legislative measures to close loopholes that resulted in the Housing Levy's outlawing, in order to support his ambitious plan for affordable housing.

By requiring that Kenyans employed in the informal sector as well as regular citizens pay the Housing Levy even at the time of making purchases, the plans are further enlarged to widen the tax net.

But the Housing Levy was blocked by the High Court because it found that the levy discriminated against Kenyans in general, not on pay stubs.

The three-judge panel referred to the levy as discriminatory since it just targets employed Kenyans, leaving out those who work in the unorganised sector.

"In the absence of a rational explanation for how the housing levy was enacted, we can only conclude that the respondents took the easy path of least resistance because collecting taxes from employees in formal employment is easier,'' the judges ruled.