Pharmacists in Western Kenya decry double tax burden

Proceedings during public participation in Western Kenya on County Licensing Bill.

The The Kenya Pharmaceautical Association (KPA) Western branch chair Wenslas Musekese has raised concern over double taxation from National Government and county governments.

Speaking during public participation  organised by Parliamentary Select Committee on County Licensing Bill, he said  Pharmacist are required to renew business permits for their premises yearly and  at the same time they have to pay county governments.

Thus, to run a pharmacy, owner has  to pay three licenses.

The  universal health care which was set up by the previous government and the main aim is to assist members of the public to get treatment, quality treatment at a less fee who should not suffer financially so that can get treatment.

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He has called upon both the National Government and county governments to find a solution on double taxation so that as business people they don’t charge highly their customers.

He said, as association, they are willing to reduce prices of drugs if the two governments will heed to there call.

Aldai Constituency MP Maryanne Keitany who is also the vice chairperson Parliamentary Committee for Trade presided over the public participation to come up with a new license bill tabled in Parliament.

Vihiga Woman Rep Beatrice Adagala lauded traders during public participation for expressing their views which would assist in the implementation of a new bill.

By Hilda Atika

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