The move to scrap taxes for salons and barber shops as promised by Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has been faulted by players in the industry who said it was not good for business.
The beauticians said that they are willing to pay the taxes because there are many disadvantages that come with the move which threatens their businesses.
Led by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) Kiambu County chairman Richard Ndung’u the traders applauded governor Waititu for his good gesture but promised to advise him accordingly.
“There are many players in the industry who called me and expressed their fear that their business will be affected by the waiving of taxes but I assured them that we are going to seat down with the county government and address this issue,” said Ndung’u.
“We are going to put proper measures on how to bring all these stakeholders together, it is not practical to scrap taxes for some people as it might bring conflict in the business sector,” he explained.
Speaking during the launch of KNCCI Juja sub county chapter, Ndung’u said that beauticians started calling him immediately after the declaration by Waititu saying that they wanted to taxes for quality services.
He noted that he had indicated the same matter to the Kiambu County Deputy governor James Nyoro who promised to further deliberations over the waiver.
Michael Mungai, a cosmetician by profession said that they are worried that many people will venture into the business affecting the quality of their service and income.
“This is where we get our daily bread and we don’t mind paying the licenses, what we were saying as the Kiambu community is that the taxes were too high and needed to be standardized but we did not say we don’t want to pay,” said Mungai.
Mungai said that they are worried that if people don’t pay taxes the county government will not have enough for service delivery and thus there could be a deterioration in service delivery which will affect their businesses negatively.
“There are people who have invested even Kshs.500, 000 in their salons and Kinyozi so that they can offer quality services. The moment they waive is implemented, there will be no quality in the industry anymore,” he added
He pleaded with the county leadership to give an ear to all beauticians to avoid crisis as witnessed in the former regime.
Juja KNCCI chairman Charles Njoroge said that Industry ministry had enough funds to educate business people promising to commence lobbying so that Kiambu traders can be allocated some of these funds.
“The industry has been allocated like Kshs.200 million which after lobbying will be used to enlighten Small and Medium Enterprises SME’s in the whole county to better their businesses,” he said.