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Kenya’s Eastleigh refuses to pay taxes over lack of basic services

Nairobi (MCRS) 10 Jan. 2016 – Despite paying daily taxes, rubbish mountains piled high along the dirty streets of this bustling business hub dubbed ‘Little Mogadishu’ which lacks waste collection services by the local government.

Eastleigh business community backed by lawmakers announced that they would not pay taxes until basic services are provided.

In a memo sent to the Nairobi governor and MPs on Thursday, Osman Adow Ibrahim, a Kenyan lawmaker announced that business owners and landlords in Eastleigh would not pay any ‘dues’ (licenses, land rates and fees) to the County government of Nairobi for year 2016 due to lack of delivery of basic services.

“As your representative, I fully support the decision you have made and have engaged a lawyer to get an injunction through courts.” he said after meetings with business owners.

Mr. Ibrahim has called for unity in efforts aimed at pushing the government to provide services, saying that the law and constitution of Kenya allows for ‘peaceful’ protests of delivery of basic services.

No comment could be reached from Nairobi city council authorities on the development.

It’s not the first time that Eastleigh business community submitted complaints to the Kenyan government.

In 2010, they sued Nairobi City council over similar grievances, and called the government to step into the matter to deliver services.

The court had temporarily barred the city council from collecting any levy until the proper garbage collecting formula was put in place.

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