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Waititu to exempt barber shops, salons and farm produce from tax

Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has said his administration will exempt barber shops, salons and agricultural products including milk from tax.

During his swearing-in ceremony at Ndumberi grounds in the county on Saturday, he said this will be implemented within 100 days.

The governor said that his administration will review all revenues and costs of licences charged on business through a public participation process.

“Anyone who wants to start a barber shop or salon can go out with a pair of scissors or shaving machine and start their business.”

“Those selling milk will not be charged for the produce. Our aim is to improve dairy farming in Kiambu,” Waititu said.

He added that his administration will establish a revolving for university and colleges students to access loans which are recoverable after they are employed.

On matters health, William Kabogo’s successor said resident will be facilitated to access NHIF adding that he has held talks with nurses to resume work.

Nurses countrywide have been on strike for over three months in push for better pay and promotions.

“We have had a meeting and held talks with our nurses. They have agreed to go back to work. I am happy to announce that 80 per cent have reported.”

“We are working with the national government towards getting a permanent solution to this standoff,” Waititu said.

The governor further pledged to tarmac roads in the county as well as upgrade those in the rural areas to all-weather standards.

The incoming county boss also promised residents that he will reduce the backlog of unprocessed land title deeds in the region.

“We will ensure all the oppressive laws limiting construction works are removed so that Kiambu people build without any problem.”

He asked residents to engage MCA’s on the projects they want financed under the ward development fund scheme that he will reignite.

Waititu also pledged to help youths register companies to enable them win county tenders in line with the 30 per cent requirement.

He further committed himself in fighting illicit brews and second-generation liquor.

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