President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, March 25, announced that three more Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases had been confirmed in the country.
This brings the total confirmed cases in the country to 28.
The president further announced that the first confirmed patient in Kenya, a 27-year-old woman, had recovered fully.
Uhuru spoke at a press briefing this evening at State House, Nairobi where he announced a raft of measures meant to cushion Kenyans from the economic slowdown occasioned by the pandemic.
Among the measures announced by the President was a 100% tax relief for all Kenyans earning below Ksh24,000 and a 25% tax relief for other workers.
Uhuru further announced the reduction of the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) tax rate from 30% to 25%.
In addition, Uhuru directed the suspension of listing of individuals defaulting on loans on the Credit Reference Bureau (CRB).
Turn-over tax rate for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) was also reduced from 3% to 1%.
Resident income tax was reduced from 30% to 25 as well.
In another major declaration, Uhuru announced that he and Deputy President William Ruto would take a pay cut of 80% of their salaries.
Cabinet Secretaries, Chief Administrative Secretaries and Principal Secretaries, Uhuru announced, had also agreed to take pay cuts.
Cabinet secretaries and Chief Administrative Secretaries will have their salaries slashed by 30% while Principal Secretaries will take a 20% pay cut.
Uhuru stated that the measures would play a major part in helping contain the pandemic.
The President further called for Kenyans to comply with directives issued by the government even as he asserted that the government would not hesitate to take sterner measures if those currently put in place proved not to be adequate.
“Defeating this pandemic demands cooperation, collaboration and common action.
“More than that it calls for our unity, our understanding, our adherence to measures issued by the Ministry of Health,” he stated.
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