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Reprieve as Kisii County Suspends tax for food sellers , Matatus

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Kisii Governor James ongwae receiving Masks from kisii national Polytechnic’s board Chairman, Prof. Kisilu Kitange {Photo Brighton Makori}

By Brighton Makori

Now Kisii county small scale traders , public service vehicles , Boda Boda riders have to smile after the county Government of Kisii has suspended taxes for three months due to COVID 19 pandemic ..

Addressing the press on Tuesday at County headquarters Governor James Ongwae also waived penalties for Single Business Permit, effective from April to June, stressing the Covid 19 has affected the traders and operators.

The county boss added that  PSV and Boda boda operators will not pay for monthly stickers  and traders ferrying vegetables, fruits and bananas within the county will not pay cess, adding it ease their suffering.

At the same time he noted that some markets were open for locals to access food stuff and urged traders to embrace social distance, wear masks, wash and sanitize their hands to curb the spread of the virus’  

Ongwae who at the same time received 5000 masks donated by Kisii national polytechnic  from the Polytechnic’s board Chairman, Prof. Kisilu Kitange said the county had sent 31 samples for testing on Corona and turned negative.

” We will not be tired to tell people to take guidelines given by the ministry of health seriously , ” Said Ongwae

.He appealed to the business community to buy the masks from the Institutions and give them to the county to distribute to residents to fight corona.

Ongwae, accompanied by County Assembly Speaker, David Kombo, majority Leader, Timothy Ogugu, Minority leader, James Ondari, Polytechnic’s Principal Daniel Nyariki, chairman, Prof.  Kitainge and Council Member, Dr Simon Nyakwara   urged institutions making masks to ensure they are certified with Kenya Bureau of Standards ( KBS)