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Nairobi County could introduce Sh25 tax on all chicken coming in from upcountry​

Tough financial times are ahead for Nairobi residents should the Finance Bill 2019 be passed.

The bill seeks to charge a fee on residents travelling from various upcountry location to the city with poultry and animals.

Although it is not yet clear how the Nairobi City County will manage to execute this bizarre move, anybody travelling with poultry to the city will be charged Sh25 for every bird they carry.

People travelling with dogs and cats from upcountry will cough up Sh1,000 per animal.

Owners with animals in their homesteads will have to part with Sh1,000 for health reinspection.

If passed into law, the bill will also see an increase in city parking fees from Sh200 to Sh400. Garbage collection will also increase with residents who rely on the Nairobi City County to collect their garbage parting with a fee of between Sh100-600.

The bill comes at a time when governors and the national government are locked in a tussle over the release of funds.

The county bosses, backed by the senators, have been fighting for the increase of the allocation from Sh316 billion to Sh335 billion.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was, however, quick to dismiss their demands, terming it impractical.

This might offer an explanation as to why county governments are resorting to some bizarre means of increasing revenue.

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