PRESIDENT WILLIAM RUTO AND COTU SECRETARY GENERAL FRANCIS ATWOLI ARE NOT SINCERE TO THE KENYAN WORKERS.

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Inset are low-cost housing units in Embu among the many across Kenya constructed by the Uhuru administration without deducting any penny from workers.

Any viable project constructed using long term loans creates employment and assist local businessmen who benefit from supplying materials.

Taxing or taking away 3% from the salaries of the Kenyan workers without their authority is an infringement of their rights as workers. A referendum within the workforce is necessary to determine whether the Kenyan workers is in favor of the 3% tax from their pay or not. The Kenya government, like any other employer in the nation, has no authority whatsoever to take away a penny from the Kenyan workers pay without their authority. Taking any money from the workers without their consent and authority is an infringement of their rights and an abuse of the Kenyan law. It is outright robbery of the workers pay. The duties of the Unions in Kenya is to defend and to protect the workers against the infringement of their rights by their employers. The unions representing the workers in Kenya are doing a great mistake to support William Ruto in his quest to deduct 3% from the workers pay. Francis Atwoli, the Secretary General of COTU should be protecting the Kenyan workers from such infringement of their rights. The pay for the workers is the money due for the work they do. It is the payment in exchange of work done. It is not a gift or a grant given to the workers, but it is the property of the workers because it is money earned after work.

It is against the Kenyan law to use any kind of force to take away 3% Tax from the Kenyan workers pay.  COTU as the umbrella central body that represents all workers in Kenya, has totally failed in its duties to defend and to protect the Kenyan workers from the infringement of their right by the Ruto administration. Francis Atwoli has made a mistake to support the government to robe the Kenyan workers their hard earned pay.

Most of the workers in Kenya are members of different cooperative societies. For decades, the Kenyan workers have been building their own homes from the money loaned to them by their cooperative societies. Very many Kenyan workers are already paying for the loans they borrowed from their cooperative societies to build their own homes in which they live in today.  Already most of the Kenyan workers have their own homes, and  they do not need other homes. Why would the Ruto administration contemplate to overload the Kenyan  workers with a 3% tax out of their pay in the guise of building houses for the workers, most of whom have homes already?

It is the duty of the government to build affordable homes on its own with its own resources, for sale to willing Kenyans who do not own a home. Former president Uhuru Kenyatta completed building  many affordable units at Park Road, Ngara, Machakos and Mavoko, Nairobi Metropolitan without taxing the workers. Before Uhuru Kenyatta left he had already started  the Buxton Point housing project of 2,150  units at 8.45 acre site in Mombasa. He had also embarked on the construction of 605 affordable units on a 7.5 acre site in Nakuru Bondeni slams. He had also started the construction of affordable houses at Habitat Heights at Lukenya in Machakos, at Kasarani, at the clay City Nairobi, at Jevanjee (Bachelor Quarters),  and at Pangani.  Uhuru never taxed the Kenyan workers to build all those Units.  Whereas I commend the Ruto administration to build more affordable housing for Kenyans as Uhuru Kenyatta did, it should not rob the Kenyan workers their meagre pay to build those houses. Instead it should allow the workers to continue to use their cooperative societies to build their homes as they had been successfully doing it before for decades.

Dr. Isaac Newton Kinity

Counselor and Human Rights Activist

Former Secretary General

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