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By einstein Posted in kenya

12 comments on “KENYA BUDGET 2013-2014 PORTAL‏

  1. Moesha,

    And now they have pulled down the MARS GROUP KENYA BUDGET 2013-2014 PORTAL PAGE! What an evil government!!

    But we SHALL NEVER let UHURUTO mess up our country! The battle is on FOLKS, the EGYPTIAN STYLE!!





    Overview of the Proposed Tax Measures

    Facilitating Infrastructure Development for a Competitive Economy
    1. exempt import duty on importations of items used to facilitate railway operations in order to support the expansion and development of the railway network in the region.
    2. amendment to the Customs and Excise Act to introduce a Railway Development Levy of 1.5 percent on all imported goods, to mobilize additional Ksh 15 billion to fund construction of a standard gauge railway line from Mombasa to Kisumu

    3. exemption of plastic bag bio-gas digesters.

    Encouraging growth of Industries for Faster Growth and Employment – increase import duty

    1. on welding electrodes from 10% to 25%

    2. millstones and grindstones from 0% to 25%

    3. plastic tubes for packing of toothpaste, cosmetics and similar products from 10% to 25%.

    Further Ensuring Equity and Fairness in our Tax System
    1. exempt premiums for Group Life and Group Personal Accident policy covers where they do not confer a benefit to the employees.
    2. extend the tax exemption status period to five years for Persons with Disabilities
    3. amend the Income Tax Act so as to impose withholding tax on winnings from gaming and betting.
    4. review of the Capital gains tax under the Income Tax Act with a view to formulating modalities for its effective enforcement.

    Deepening Tax Reforms and Enhancing Tax Administration
    1. legislative amendments in the revenue statutes in order to align them with the Constitution (Excise, VAT and Income Tax laws)
    2. place an enabling tax, legal and regulatory framework to streamline the entire Income Tax Exemption management process in line with the Constitution.
    3. amend law to allow KRA to compound tax offences under the Income Tax Act.

    4. amend the Income Tax Act so as to empower the Commissioner to access books of accounts and where tax evasion is proved in Court, and collect corporate tax from officers of corporate bodies where they are convicted of tax frauds.
    5. amend the customs law to introduce Customs warehouse rent for entered goods which remain at the port of discharge for a period exceeding 21 days from the date of commencement of discharge of the carrier.
    6. issued a new gazette notice “Excisable goods Management system 2013”, which prescribes procedures and guidelines for its operations.
    7. 50 percent excise tax remission in respect of beer made of millet, sorghum and cassava; Senator keg beer to enjoy 50 percent excise tax remission for three years. This measure will generate an additional Ksh 6.2 billion to the exchequer.
    8. table before the Parliament a Tax Appeals Tribunal Bill that will establish a single tax appeals body. This measure will improve the dispute resolution framework, instill professionalism and fast track conclusion of tax cases in compliance with the Constitution.
    9. re-table VAT Bill, which aims to simplify, modernize and reduce cost of compliance. The enactment of this bill will raise at least an additional Ksh 10 billion to the exchequer.

    10. developing a new excise bill.

    11. ensure all landlords earning rental incomes pay their due share of taxes to the exchequer.

    Further Strengthening Financial Systems for Sustainable Development
    1. amend the Insurance Act to open up the ownership of insurance companies and brokerage firms to other citizens of the EAC Community.
    2. amend the law to remove restriction of foreign ownership for insurance agents.
    3. amend the law to require the Insurance Regulatory Authority, while intervening in the management of an insurer to appoint a competent person familiar with the business of the insurer.
    4. expand the mandate of the Policyholders Compensation Fund to include participation in the liquidation process of insurance companies.
    5. Insurance Regulatory Authority to initiate an overhaul of the Insurance Act to align it with best international practices and our Constitution – drafts ready by end of September 2013. The review should target having two legislations, one for the establishment of the Authority and the other covering regulatory issues of the market. The Retirement Benefits Authority to carry out a similar exercise and have drafts ready by end December 2013.
    6. Amendments to the Kenya Deposit Insurance Act to expand the Corporation’s mandate and enhance its corporate governance.
    7. amend the law to encourage pooling of resources through real estate investment trusts for the sole purpose of real estate development.

    8. amend the law to provide a conducive environment for a dynamic capital markets that will facilitate introduction of new capital markets products and services on an accelerated basis.
    9. amend the Capital Markets Act to provide for the issuance of regional fixed income securities.
    10. amend the Capital Markets Act to redefine the offence of insider trading as an offence of strict liability and further propose to specifically identify a range of the most common market manipulation offences to guide the courts and the investing public on the nature of these offences.
    11. amend the Banking Act to enhance the penalties provided for such offences.
    12. amend the Microfinance Act to foster prompt corrective action where problems in institutions are identified early and dealt with in a timely and progressive manner.

    Mars Group Kenya – Watching out for you!


  3. We are headed for disaster. Secretary Rotich was reading a budget which he clearly didnt agree with if his body language is anything to go by.

    Let alone credibility and legitimacy to govern Kenya, the fact is that Jubilee government is struggling to meet some of its unrealistic manifesto promises and now are looking to raise taxes targeting the majority poor to do this.

    The only way out is for Uhuru and Ruto to swallow their pride and do away with these populist promises they made in the heat of the campaigns. Take the free laptops for pre-school children. This is unsustainable and ill conceived. The priority for Kenya education is to get more teachers and put solid infrastructure in place to withstand the free primary school (and soon free secondary school) enrollments.

    Should we brace for riots in the coming days. Yes. Very soon, the people will be on the streets protesting high cost of living.


    • Target the rich and luxury items for more taxes, not unga, milk or bread

      It is unbelievable that such a young government can harbour a death-wish. Even if desperate times call for desperate measures, raising the price of maize-flour by 16 per cent can only be described as potentially suicidal.

      That is what a Bill before Parliament proposes to do. It should be shot down promptly.

      Apparently, the government intends to table the Value Added Tax Bill (2012), which will slap a 16 per cent levy on basic food commodities, namely unga, bread, milk and rice. On top of that, all farm inputs, which were heretofore zero-rated, will also be taxed.

      Among those pushing for this measure are the new Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury, Mr Henry Rotich, and the Kenya Revenue Commission director-general, Mr John Njiraini.

      Now, these two gentlemen are quite knowledgeable in their professions, one a seasoned accountant and the other an economist of no mean repute. They have probably done their math and concluded that this country will benefit enormously should Parliament endorse this Bill in its entirely.

      I am no economist, but I highly doubt that the majority of Kenyans will welcome with glee any kind of price increase in basic food items which they can hardly afford in the first place. This is not populism; it is the reality.

      Let us suppose a packet of unga costs Sh100, which seems to be the average. The majority of Kenyans — we are talking about 26 million souls — cannot afford that amount, because this is what they earn daily.

      All they can afford to buy is half that amount at Sh50, and spread out the rest of their daily earnings on bus fare, cooking fat, paraffin for the stove and so on — the whole gamut of the “kadogo economy”. What is left for them to live on?

      The jobless, low-income earners, and even the lower middle classes could not give a hoot whether the prices of computers, software, and even electricity went up. They will not pour into the streets if water drilling service tax or airport parking fees go through the roof. But they care deeply what their children will eat in the evening.

      Granted, a 16 per cent tax on previously exempted food items will add a few more billions to the public coffers. It will also give the taxman an easier time for, apparently, he has been spending sleepless nights trying to figure out how to refund VAT to businesspeople. But at what cost?

      This measure may turn out to be the costliest gaffe of this administration in terms of social unrest in the short term, and a hugely retrogressive step for the economy in the long run. When the people decide they have nothing left to lose, the consequences will be catastrophic for everyone.

      Instead of pushing to the wall the majority of Kenyans who are already wallowing in the mire of deprivation, the government should explore innovative ways of soaking the super-rich and the modestly affluent for the common good.

      This may sound simplistic, but it is common sense. The people least likely to revolt due to the rumbling of their empty bellies are the ones who earn a decent living. And in any case, they are a tiny minority.

      Having said that, I don’t buy the argument that slapping a 16 per cent tax across the board and then seeking ways to cushion the poor through subsidies is the most efficient, or effective, thing to do. It is, actually, sheer sophistry.

      Three years ago, the government came up with a hare-brained subsidy programme in which a packet of unga would sell at two different prices — one for the poor and the higher one for the rest — and what happened? Total chaos. A few plucky fellows minted millions though. Is that what we really want?


      • Activists to protest against ‘Unga’ taxes

        Civil society groups will hold demonstrations against any move to impose value added tax (VAT) on basic commodities.

        In a week-long programme, the activists under the banner of the Coalition for Constitutional Implementation (CCI) said they will mobilise members of the public for “three days of action against unga (flour) tax from June 24 to 26.”

        CCI convener Cidi Otieno told the Nation last evening they will first hold a series of rallies to oppose the proposal by the government to tax bread, maize meal and milk as part of its efforts to raise more revenue.

        Against the law

        “That proposal to tax milk or bread will have adverse effects. We will mobilise people to picket so that the government can know this is in fact against Article 43 of the Constitution,” Mr Otieno said.

        CCI which brings together civil society organisations such as Bunge la Mwananchi, La Vie Foundation, The Nubian Human Rights Forum, The Unga Revolution and The Super Ethnic Minority Rights Forum announced it would start to mobilise wananchi tomorrow in various parts of the city ahead of the planned demos.

        They said they will start in Kangemi, before moving to Kawangware on Wednesday, Kibera on Thursday, Shauri Moyo on Friday, and Kamukunji on Saturday before going to Mlango Kubwa in Mathare.

        They will complete their campaign in Kibera and the City Centre at the Jeevanjee Gardens on June 24.

        “We will mostly mobilise people in slum areas because they will suffer the most,” he added.

        According to the group, increasing the price of basic food commodities will be contrary to the Constitution that guarantees the right to food.

        However, Treasury argues VAT will be another source to raise monies needed to finance the Sh1.6 trillion budget read last Thursday by Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich. MPs have also oposed the move.


        • brother einstein

          in the past i had lots of praise, trust and faith in civil society groups and their activities, many initiatives which have brought us the current freedoms we enjoy as a result of struggles and painful experiences as they opposed brutal regimes and dumb psychos in govt

          the present lot of civil society is a different breed altogether. many of them are strictly in it for the money. period. some are in it for recognition or springboard to other presidential or national appointments (quite a contrast to the past that militantly opposed regimes policies or practices)

          but most disappointing, actually disturbing, is the lack of focus, lack of clear articulation of the issue and its consequences, but even worse, the mobilisation and activity strategy. its the kind of stuff govt encourages and even sponsors. i.e ordered “dissent” to give the illusion of freedom but yet is no more than a fly bumping into a skyscraper so as to move it.

          eti a demo comprising people living in slums (“who will suffer the most”) against VAT

          this reminds me of boniface mwangi’s pigs at parliament fiasco.

          simply put these are self serving and have no real strategy or thinking behind them

          they are designed to draw more attention to the organizers than to the cause. think of movements in the past where the specific cause was well articulated and the people mostly clobbered were champions for the cause rather than for their own fame

          anyway back to this VAT demo

          get a handful of people who can barely afford these commodities, which in turn means that they can certainly not afford or have access to any other alternative product. pitting a person that has no use of maintaining a well written personal budget because he gets Sh.160 a day ($2) and s/he knows fully well how that money will be spent with no need for paper and pen, pitting such a person against an ivy league paper pusher expensing a sh1.6 trillion ($20bn) national budget, shows pure hypocrisy.

          the only real activity such “slum dwellers” can engage in meaningfully, is a boycott of taxed products, forcing retailers to loose business with the domino effect upstream against distributors etc thereby severely denting or crippling govt revenues on account of lower tax collection. such lower tax revenues would be counter productive to the govt plan of earning more revenue and thus force govt to reconsider its options. but this of course assumes alternative products accessible to the slum dweller, products which have no VAT or other taxes assessed. of course these comics running the “digital civil society” know that a more strategic plan that actually pinches the govt will adversely impact their own hidden agenda so they would not dream of publishing such a plan (hehehehe also know as mass protest) and instead take the route of meaningless publicity stunts that are all heat and absolutely no light.

          in effect ultimately these daily demos will lose their appeal and “true people power” exercised through demonstrations will be diluted and forever lost. not to mention the wonderful exercise it provides burly men with guns against unarmed men and women.

          i think we need a fresh new breed of civil society leaders


      • Reprieve as Treasury scraps VAT on food

        Treasury has removed the controversial clause in the VAT Bill calling for a 16 per cent tax on foodstuffs, fertiliser and medicines. [PHOTO: FILE/STANDARD]

        By James Anyanzwa

        The National Treasury has removed the controversial 16 per cent Value Added Tax on basic commodities from the VAT Bill.

        In what is seen as ceding ground following mounting opposition to the Bill, Economic Secretary Geoffrey Mwau said the Exchequer is reviewing options of protecting the poor, including scraping the proposed taxes on basic items such as food, medicines, fertiliser and agricultural inputs.

        Luxury items

        Mwau, however, added that luxury food items such as swordfish and caviar, which are classified as inputs to the tourism sector, would not be spared taxation.

        “Essential commodities such as food and medicines will be VAT-exempt to address the plight of people who cannot afford them. But there are other items that are really for the rich,” he told The Standard yesterday.

        Presenting his Budget statement to Parliament last week, Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said he would re-table the VAT Bill to raise Sh10 billion. “Government has limited options to grow its revenues other than imposing tax on items that would significantly increase the cost of living for Kenyans,” he said.

        Among the goods that are currently VAT-exempt and had been targeted by the proposed VAT Bill before it was quickly shelved last year are bread, milk, maize flour, livestock feed, pesticides, sanitary towels, books, newspapers, computers, locally assembled water pumps and local gin cotton.

        A 16 per cent increment on the cost of these items would mean the cost of living would go up by a similar or even higher margin.

        The Bill’s planned re-introduction had attracted the ire of the public, MPs and lobby groups, who said Kenyans were already overburdened by numerous taxes and skyrocketing food prices.

        MPs had said that the re-introduced VAT Bill should be in such a form that its impact would not compromise access to essential commodities.

        Sue the Government

        The Consumers Federation of Kenya (Cofek) had also warned it would sue the Government if the VAT Bill or any other Bill proposing to tax basics sails through Parliament and gets presidential assent.

        Cofek Secretary-General Stephen Mutoro said the lobby would seek judicial intervention, arguing that any law taxing basic food items and consequently putting them beyond the reach of a majority of the population was unconstitutional.

        The latest move comes as a relief to Kenyans who are increasingly facing diminished purchasing power.


  4. LIVETEXT: Kenya 2013 national budget tax measures

    Mr Rotich completes reading the budget speech at 4.00 PM, not all details were captured in the live text.

    Amend Capital Markets Act to give investors licensed in other EAC countries the same rights as Kenyan players to boost capital raising activities.

    Government to amend insurance act to allow external ownership in local insurance firms.


    Reduce tax on Senator Keg beer by 50 per cent to boost agricultural activities in barley and sorghum growing areas.

    Deal with tax compounding at KRA so tax offenders can sort out their cases out of court.

    Put tax on winners of gaming and gambling.

    Railway development levy on all imported goods.

    Exempt import duty on railway construction materials

    Tax measures

    Total expenditure is Sh1.04 trillion.

    Overall deficit is Sh356.9 billion.

    External grants from donors Sh67.4 billion.

    Sh246 to go to development expenditure.

    Sh8.6 billion for Youth Polytechnics.

    Sh4.9 billion allocated to Higher Educations Loans Board for higher education.

    Sh17.4 billion to be spent on laptops programme in which computer labs will be built and laptops bought and distributed, 1.3m laptops to be bought.

    Sh10 billion has been allocated to primary education.

    The Government to give tax rebates to employers who hire inexperienced university graduates to increase training and employment.

    Sh8 billion set aside for irrigation projects and Sh2 billion for agri-business loans through commercial banks.

    Parliament gets Sh19 billion for expanded representation and bicameral system installation.

    Judiciary allocated Sh16.1 billion for reforms geared at hastening delivery of justice.

    The Government is looking at tapping power from Congo DR and Ethiopia, says Rotich.

    Sh75 billion allocated for investment in energy and Sh43.8 billion for power transmission.

    Sh97 billion set aside for road repair and construction.

    Theme of the budget is transformation for shared prosperity.

    Mr Rotich commences the budget speech.

    Treasury revenue collections estimated to be Sh1.27 trillion.

    However, KRA only collected Sh707 billion last year in government revenues from taxes and other fees.

    Kenya has a total debt of Sh1.8 trillion, with Sh800 billion borrowed in domestic debt and Sh1 trillion as external debt.

    The county governments will receive Sh210 billion which is less than Sh258 billion which senators had proposed.

    Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury Henry Rotich to present a Sh1.6 trillion 2013/2014 budget soon.

    The Jubilee Government is set to read its first budget after coming to power in what is set to reveal the priorities of the new leadership team.

    National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich unveils Kenya’s 2013/14 Budget

    By Fredrick Obura

    NAIROBI, KENYA: The government on Thursday unveiled Sh 1.6 trillion budget under the theme transformation for shared prosperity.

    The budget to cover 2013/14 Financial year allocated health Sh34.7 billion, Transport Sh125billion, Energy 78.5 billion, ICT 9.5billion, and Education and Technology Sh130billion.

    County governments and the Interior ministry were allocated Sh210billion and Sh108billion respectively.

    In his presentation, Henry Rotich the Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury said crime was an issue in the country’s economic development and deserved attention to bring down the criminals.

    He said out of the Interior ministry’s budget, Sh 67billion will be allocated to the police with Sh 4billion channeled to equipment purchase, Sh 3billion will be set aside for leasing of vehicles to make police patrols visible.

    The Cabinet Secretary further stated that Sh1.2billion has been set aside for the construction of new housing units for the police and Sh 4billion for crime research.

    The budget which is first under President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration set aside Sh8billion under the agriculture budget for irrigation and sh2billion as fund for agribusiness. “We realised that 70 per cent of household budget goes to food, the government is determined to increase food production to reduce expenses on food,” he said.

    He said alternatives to introduce modern technologies in agriculture and increasing accessibility to farm inputs would be explored.

    In the 2013/14 Budget the Judiciary and parliament received Sh16.1billion, and Sh19billion respectively for expansion of programmes.

    In the education sector, President Uhuru’s government allocated Sh 10.3billion for free primary education, sh2.6billion to school feeding programme, and Sh20.9 to free day secondary education and another sh52billion for laptops, content and capacity development.


    • Budget reaction, KTN editor’s perspective

      By Joseph Bonyo

      NAIROBI,KENYA: Ambitious is the immediate reaction one gets from the budget statement read by cabinet secretary for national treasury Henry Rotich.

      The cabinet secretary played to the script of the Sh1.6 trillion budget that Deloitte East Africa tax partner Nikhil Hira had earlier noted as scary.

      But to give credit where it’s due, the statement also went ahead and issued some bold statement that as gate keepers we will be keen to follow up on implementation. Striking for me in this budget is the attempt by the national treasury to promote and grow the use of railway in this country.

      To this end, the minister is proposing a 1.5% Railway development levy on all imported goods in order to mobilize an additional sh15 billion to fund the construction of a standard gauge railway line from Mombasa to Kisumu.

      What most Kenyans need to know is that while the move is welcome and the use of railway for transport especially for bulky cargo, we are a net importer of goods. Basically, the retail price of most of the imported goods we consume will definitely go up. This blended with the fact that retail prices are left at the mercy of retailers.

      The subtle message being sent here by the government of Uhuru Kenyatta is that they are out to promote the maxim of Buy Kenya, build Kenya. This can also be best explained by the fact that there is a proposal to increase import duty on among other welding electrodes, millstones and grindstones as well as plastic tubes or packing cosmetics, toothpaste and similar products.

      Positive too on the statement is the bold move towards promotion of renewable energy and an exemption of plastic bag bio-digesters.

      The move to amend the insurance act to conform to international best practices as well as open the industry for foreign ownership is also a move in the right direction. Insider trading within the capital markets has also been a menace with suspects getting off lightly. Tightening the legislation I believe will slow down such cases if not eradicate them.

      A sh52.3 billion allocation for the school laptop project is also another striking bit of the statement. The laptop debate has been way before Kenya went to the polls. With clarity on what is going to be spent on it, the whole picture must now be painted clearly on the how it will be implemented. My opinion however still favours computer labs for schools and not one laptop per child for class ones.

      One area however where the cabinet secretary has chosen to relieve Uhuru Kenyatta’s times at the National Treasury is to offer tax rebates for companies that offer internships. Three years ago the same was proposed and the Kenya Private Sector Alliance made attempts but did not go far with. We will be watching for the implementation.

      Mr Joseph Bonyo is the Business Editor-KTN


    • einstein,

      Rotich has a voodoo budget based on fantasy.

      Here is the review from the DN.

      A few things.

      1. The budget has a Kshs 356 billion deficit assuming that the KRA will bring in Kshs 1.2 trillion. In reality KRA will bring in much less which means the deficit will be very high. They can only get that money by borrowing. As of now we have Kshs 1.8 trillion debt. For that Kenyans pay Kshs 10 billion a month in interest. With more borrowing Kenyans will soon be paying close to Kshs 20 billion a month to service the loans. That is not sustainable. The government will be borrowing money to pay loan interests.

      2. The government right now is so desperate for money that they are proposing a range of taxes to raise revenue. They are going to bulldoze the VAT on basic commodities. The trick will be to do the make believe stunts to fool people by exempting VAT from a few food products like the unga and slamming it on everything else. They will do the same thing they did with the circus of M.Ps getting paid a fortune a month. Very soon Kenyans will be paying much more for their basic needs just to survive. That is the bottom line forget the talk about development.

      3. Basic economics tells us that state borrowings are better used in financing development and capital investments which will end up raising the economic fortunes of the citizens and enhance national production and productivity. Getting loans to pay wages for politicians and civil servants and basically sustaining the recurrent budget is the dumbest economic choice a country can make. That is what these folks are doing. It is bad news.


    • looks like the circus is back in town – featuring financial jugglers and clowns. next we will present the peasant eating lions


  5. This budget could be the worst ever. Nobody in this jubilee boat seems to have any clue about the budget. The new guy Rotich is now a sales manager for the Githae Budget. The whole budget is a massive attack on the ordinary tax payers (remember the new proposed 16% V.A.T on basic food and sanitary products). This is a disaster in the making and Uhuru and Ruto will face it.

    Check this.


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