Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju has cleared the air on the newly introduced housing Levy.
The Government through a Gazette notice on Tuesday said that the Levy has come into effect, and is set to start by May 9, 2019.
Employers were directed to deduct a 1.5% Levy on the salaries of their employees.
Some Kenyans have told the Jubilee government that they are OK with paying rent and do not need new houses.
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) April 16, 2019
House the police and prisons first. The motivation here is money and not the need to provide a roof over any Kenyan. Create a good business environment and Kenyans will build themseroves houses. Nice ones.
— D.M.M (@MatiDanson) April 17, 2019
We contributed towards the purchase of primary school laptops but none were delivered, we paid for the construction of many stadia but none were constructed. Whose houses are we contributing for, under the #HousingFundLevy, termites?
— Nelson Havi (@NelsonHavi) April 16, 2019
Kenyans are also questioning the ability of the Jubilee govt to deliver houses yet they have not delivered stadiums, or the famous laptops for primary school kids.
— Andrew Simiyu (@DruSimiyu) April 16, 2019
But Tuju says that the 1.5% deduction is a levy meant to benefit employees. According to Tuju, the housing levy is same to the normal pension which is safe. He argues that the employee can demand the money just like Pensions.
He says the levy is a form of compulsory saving. He says Employers are supposed to match the amount the employees are deducted
We need a serious revolution and now we got the employees and employers on the same side. We should even forgo taxes..
— Nyams The Divine (@Ziloopi) April 16, 2019
#HousingFundLevy This thing is just painful by simply thinking about it coz i live n work in upcountry will the government come to build houses huku mashinani?
— jacky (@kinyuaj40) April 16, 2019