Friday, September 2, 2011
latest news from the Daily Nation
Kenyan MPs have raided money set aside for relief operations and other national emergencies to settle their tax arrears. The public kitty will also compensate MPs for the income they will lose once they start paying full income taxes.
The details are in the fine print of alterations to this year’s Budget by the Budget Committee of the House. The manoeuvre is meant to give the impression that MPs are finally willing to pay their taxes while disguising the fact they will be subsidised for loss of income.
The money will come from a reallocation of funds from the National Contingency Fund to the budget of the National Assembly.
Meanwhile in the Hague:
The International Criminal Court prosecutors accused three of the Ocampo Six of being behind a network that executed killings and displacement of people during post-election violence.
Chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo says the network ensured the occurrence of violence that rocked Turbo, the greater Eldoret area (Kiambaa, Kyamumbi, Huruma, Kimumu and Langas), Kapsabet town, and Nandi Hills.
The prosecutor submitted that Eldoret North MP William Ruto, suspended minister Henry Kosgey and Kass FM radio presenter Joshua arap Sang raised funds for buying weapons, paying perpetrators and promising rewards “for every PNU supporter killed or property destroyed”.
Mr Kosgey is said to have paid Sh1,500 for everyone who attended planning meetings for attacks in Kapsabet town and Nandi Hills.