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Wild Reactions After Gachagua Said Safaricom Should Be ‘Killed’

Kenya Kwanza deputy president nominee and Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua has sparked reactions after netizens interpreted his remarks to mean that big corporations should be closed. 

In a viral video that has Gachagua in an interview on Inooro TV, the legislator seemed to root for the closure of big corporates such as Safaricom and the money used to fund small businesses. 

Gachagua argued that taxes for such small businesses will be more than taxes from Safaricom alone. 

“Instead of having giant corporates like Safaricom only paying taxes, you can have such a company’s investment and create many smaller companies that will pay taxes 

“Their impact will be thirty times more than from just one big corporate. So we are not chasing big corporates. We are saying that even small and medium investors be taken care of,” he said. 

However, has looked for a more complete clip in which the Kenya Kwanza deputy president nominee is largely rooting for support of small and micro enterprises as opposed to closure.

Deputy President William Ruto and Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua PHOTO/COURTESY

However, the doctored video sparked a debate online with netizens opining against the MP who was recently unveiled as Deputy President William Ruto’s running mate. 

@MacOtani: So Deputy Rice wants to dismantle big companies like Safaricom then dish out the money. What kind of economics is this they are practicing over there? Which other companies will they target next? Awuoro Kenya Kwisha! 

@slmiheso: Rigathi Gachagua’s threat to dismantle Safaricom if true are not idle threats. His presidential candidate was in the team that killed most Kenyan parastatals. 

@bkairu5: Rigathi Gachagua needs refresher lessons from Auma. You don’t kill successful companies like Safaricom in order to fund an amorphous economic policy. 

This comes months after the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) named Safaricom as the top taxpayer in Kenya in 2020.

The leading telecommunications company paid KSh 106 billion in duties, taxes, and license fees to the government of Kenya for the financial year that ended on 31st March 2021 according to its latest annual report. 

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The payment was equivalent to 40% of its total revenue which stood at KSh 264 billion at the end of the financial year.

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