Mandago offers total waiver of land rate fines, interests
Wycliff Kipsang @wsang08
Landowners in Uasin Gishu have a reason to smile after Governor Jackson Mandago’s administration announced a 100 per cent waiver of land rates penalties and interests.
Mandago yesterday said the decision was in consideration of the current economic situation that locals are facing due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking at the county headquarters in Eldoret, Governor Mandago said the waiver takes effect from May 3 to June 30.
“For you to benefit from the waiver, you must clear the outstanding land rates, if not by June 30th, then we will reinstate the rates plus penalties and interests,” warned the county boss.
He, however, added that the 100 per cent waiver would not be applicable to those with active court cases against the county over the rates payment.
The governor added that as a way of appreciating loyal residents who have been paying their rates on time, those that have already cleared their rates will get a five per cent discount next year.
“We want to recognise citizens who have continued paying land rates on time,” said Mandago.
He warned that those who will fail to pay by July 1 will face punitive measures, including an auction of properties to recover the unpaid amounts.
Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno reminded citizens of the need to pay land rates and other fees.
“The services we provide are paid for through the revenue, and land rates are one of them.
We must reciprocate and pay the rates so that we’re able to provide the services,” said Chemno.
Finance and Economic Planning CouLands, Housing and Physical Planning Executive Nelson Maritim said locals can now pay their taxes at the ward level and sub-county headquarters.
“We’ve rolled out a crackdown on those who do not pay their rates. Stern action will be taken against them,” warned Maritim.