Oxfam Kenya, a committed partner of the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, launched a report on tax and inequality dubbed, ‘Taxing for a more equal Kenya’. The report outlines a 5-point plan of action highlighting how the Kenyan government can use tax to fight the growing inequality in the country.
Below is Tax Justice Network Africa (TJNA), the Africa region network of the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, statement on the report:
Tax Justice Network Africa (TJNA) is increasingly alarmed by the growing inequality in Africa and the world in general. The recently published Oxfam study entitled “Taxing for a more equal Kenya- a five point action plan to fight inequality” confirms glaring inequalities in Kenya and various weaknesses in the Kenya tax system which threaten poverty alleviation, sustainable economic growth as well as political and economic stability. One of the most glaring statistics from the report is that in Kenya, “less than 0.1% of the population (8,300 people) own more wealth than the bottom 99.9% (more than 44 million people).” The study reaffirms the importance of effectively using the tax system to among other things, redistribute income and wealth and mobilise domestic resources to improve investment in quality and free basic public services as well as addressing gender inequality and strengthening the social contract between the government and citizens. Read more.