County govts urged to stop frustrating EAC traders

By Rose Welimo/KNA

The Ministry of East African Community wants county governments to desist from crafting laws that will frustrate traders from the six member countries working under the common law.

Authorities said they have been receiving complaints from member countries that their citizens were being forced to pay taxes in some counties which is contrary to the treaty signed by the East African states. The treaty prohibits members to pay tax while doing business in the neighboring countries.

Already the Ministry has begun taking measures to sensitize border and coastal counties on the requirements of East African Community treaty and implication of the constitution.

Integration Secretary in the Ministry of East African Community Barack Ndegwa said some counties have introduced levies that were contrary to the EAC treaty.

Speaking during a sensitization programme of Coastal counties in Malindi, Ndegwa said their aim was to ensure the East African states operate smoothly as per the agreement.

He said they were aware that counties came after the revival of the EAC which required cooperation to ensure that the laws made by counties do not go against the treaty.

“Counties have their laws and there are other existing laws, they are supposed to come up with laws that will be in line with the East African community, sometimes they clash,’’ he said.

Ndegwa said they have been receiving calls from Uganda and Tanzanian authorities that their transit vehicles were being forced to pay tax which was against the EAC treaty.


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