KENYA: TAXPAYERS FIGHT BACK
- By Michael Omondi
Documents revealing how MPs were spending taxes led to outrage in Kenya and helped ensure some of the country’s worst-offending MPs were not re-elected. Tax-payers are increasingly demanding to know how their money is being spent, helping to reduce corruption and mis-management of funds by MPs.
Michael Otieno Oloo, a 35-year-old political science lecturer and anti-corruption activist, is emerging as an unlikely central figure in Kenya's parliament.
KENYA: TAXING TIMES
- By Eric Kadenge
Street hawkers face a daily battle with the authorities to sell their goods on the streets of Nairobi. Some street vendors would prefer to run a legitimate business and pay tax on their earnings. So far that’s proven hard to organise and many vendors on the wrong side of the law regularly pay out nearly as much money in bribes as they would in tax.
Eric Kadenge reports.
GHANA: TAXATION? WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?
- By Isaac Tetteh
Ghana’s government is keen to raise more income from tax. To achieve this, its president, former tax professor John Atta Mills wants to widen the country’s tax base. Over the past 30 years successive governments have pushed through tax reforms – some violently opposed by the public. As a result, governments have been forced to be more transparent about spending.
Isaac Tetteh reports from Accra. He began by asking citizens in Accra whether they think their tax money is being spent wisely.