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Businessman Jimi Wanjigi has hit out at President Ruto and the Kenya Kwanza administration for targeting the Kenyatta family in the ongoing tax purge.
Wanjigi, a former presidential aspirant, termed the move as ill-advised, saying Kenyans will resist any attempts to seize the property of Kenya’s first president Jomo Kenyatta.
“Going after Mama Ngina and the late Jomo Kenyatta you are now touching a live wire. Because if you are trying to take away Mzee Jomo’s property, it means our property is not even safe,” Wanjigi said.
The Safina party leader further challenged Ruto to settle his differences with former President Uhuru Kenyatta instead of targeting the entire family.
“Former President Jomo Kenyatta is no longer with us and he should not be dragged into this tax debate. I know you have a problem with Uhuru and you should face him directly instead of going after the whole family,” Wanjigi added.
On Saturday, former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta disputed tax evasion allegations against her family and challenged the government to seize and auction her property if the claims are true.
“I am surprised to hear some people say that others do not pay taxes. The government has its own system of how things are handled,” said Mama Ngina.
“Paying taxes, whether it is income tax or any other tax, is mandatory for everyone, big or small, to pay according to their ability and income. This is not a matter for discussion in newspapers, public rallies, or on TV. If you do not pay taxes, you go to court. That is the law,” she added.
She termed the allegations as a desperate attempt by a section of politicians to politicize tax matters and peddle lies so they can be seen to be working.
“If you do not pay what you are supposed to pay, your belongings must be auctioned. So there is no need… there is no need to tarnish others’ names and say that they are working, running the country. No,” Mama Ngina said.
“Nobody should be asked to pay what they are supposed to pay. If it is me who has failed to pay taxes for even one year, my property should be auctioned to pay for the taxes. So there is no need for this kind of politics… and people know the truth, they just want to mention names.”
Wezi who've been stealing since 1963 are now coming out. Wanjigi on the list. Pay tax or get auctioned
Wanjigi's protestation is self serving.When Ruto goes after him, his claim will be that, it is a revenge for speaking,and defending Kenyatta's family.@ SimamaImara, his name is among the top5 on the tax evaders list.
Its never too late to correct a historical error.Barring any statute of limitation,this should also apply to criminal activities.If stolen property can be returned 60 years later,well,isn't that great?However, rather than going after people who have evaded paying tax for the last 25, given them amnesty if they confess and have them pay some penalty,and a percentage of the "back taxes". If they take the risk and decided to face the law,they risk loosing it all,and probably some jail time.
Call it whatever you want,witch hunting, payback, revenge...etc.It's never too late to correct a mistake.If Ruto is asserting revenge, his turn will come.The take out here is ;do the right thing and you can rest peacefully for the rest of your life,save for a case of mistaken identity.
The kitchen now getting hot, Huh!🤣🤣😂😂...So the coonies are coming out in numbers to defend themselves..PAY TAXES LEACHES!!..LEACHES!!LEACHES!!
Going after Mama Ngina and the late Jomo Kenyatta you are now touching a live wire. Because if you are trying to take away Mzee Jomo’s property, it means our property is not even safe,” Wanjigi said. You and who. The ret of us Kuyos are as broke as a church mouse.
You have had equal chances to get wealth @mary but you choose to lie on your tail while others got rich. Go into that church you are talking about, get that mouse which is as poor as you are and have it for you dinner or sell it. That us how you will start accumulating wealth.
There was a certain group that reaped the benefits of colonialism. Originally, belonging to njaama ya Kamatimū was not a bad thing as a mwanake. Unfortunately kamatimū (ngati) are now synonymous with fighting to preserve servitude. This same group then became Kenyatta's right and left hand men and accumulated wealth accordingly. Those of the warrior class (njaama ya ita), also known as freedom fighters were squeezed and marginalized to this day and died as penniless paupers, a condition that in Kenya is not easy to overcome. We can't all be grabbers.
We now understand what all this weekend maandamanos are about. Now we understand what was in the handshake. It's all about protecting the dynasties. Unfortunately, the poor guys are being exploited without understanding the objective. Also have issues with Kenya Kwanza for dishing our positions to the dynasties (no hustler has been appointed to any), but Azimio must also stop exploiting the poor, unemployed youth. If Kenyattas and Odingas dont want to pay taxes, they should fight that battle with their lawyers, and they can afford good ones.
No we have a new government so called mother of the nation .Things have changed Nothing like saying the “government has its own way of doing things”.Pay up and in your case and that of your family we are talking several millions and several years if not decades of tax evasion..I have no problem with this hustler government going after tax cheats there is nothing wrong with repossessing what belongs to Ceaser if that keeps us from selling out to the evil racist Chinese with their loans by all means auction this tax evaders if you have to steal steal from the rich
Don't forget for a second that now, we have in Kenya:
"A government of the hustlers, by the hustlers, and for the hustlers."
This is a side. Tito is creating a diversion from the popularity of the huge rallies that have the message: We don’t recognize you as the president of Kenya. You stole the elections. There is nothing here other than making us fight over nothing.
Jimmy Wanjigi - your time is up too. Its just a matter of time before all the dominoes all fall down!
Siku za mwizi....
This would be a good place to start fixing corruption problems in Kenya. Mr. President please put on gloves and deal with that "live wire"
Gachagua was setting Ruto up. Now he's at logger heads with Uhuru and half the nation. Gema just wanted someone to keep Raila at bay and it had to be Ruto. After he was done with that he isn't to touch taxes on Kenyatta family. Truth be told the GEMA communities will be the most affected by these taxation issue so it's not going anywhere! Mtaona tu. Can Ruto and Gachagua lead by example followed by their cabinet and show Kenyans proof that they have been CONSISTENTLY paying taxes. And ONLY TRUE DOCUMENTS. Lakini why do you people allow a T9 to watch over the chicken... And have wishful thinking that they will be safe? Never. There's no honor amongst thieves.
There is an old saying which I will paraphrase, you better keep your mouth shut and have people think you are stupid than opening it and removing all doubt.
Jimi, you have removed all doubt.
All people in Kenya are considered equal before the law. This includes the Kenyatta family.
Please avoid making stupid statements like this in the future.
I doubt it though.