Vocal Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) cleric, Reverend Sammy Wainaina has continued with his criticism of the government by coining a new poem for the Head of State, William Ruto.
Wainaina, who currently serves as an Adviser on Anglican Communion Affairs in London, United Kingdom, accused the government of overtaxing employees on payslips.
Via his social media pages, the Reverend lamented that the employees are singing taxation as a new chorus after Ruto, who once identified himself as a hustler (common mwananchi) turned his face away from the cries of Kenyans struggling to make ends meet.
“The new chorus employees are singing after a former peasant became a dynasty,” the Reverend stated and penned his satirical poem.
Reverend Sammy Wainaina (left) during a live interview session on Citizen TV alongside JKL Show host Jeff Koinange on May 25, 2023
Take my payslip and let it be
Always thine to tax at will
Take my wallet and make it be
At the mercy of high price
Reverend Wainaina claimed that the taxpayers had no other option but to surrender to Ruto’s hiked taxation which is part of his fiscal policies outlined to revive the economy.
Last year, the cleric who has served as a Vicar, Archdeacon and Assistant Provost before, criticised the government for holding prayer services rather than delivering on its election promises.
“What we need from the government are not prayers. Prayers we will make and we do make. What we need from the government are services. We are away from politics now. You promised to deliver, simply deliver.
“That’s all! Let’s not sanitise or try to make the government religious so that we don’t question them. If they said they are going to do something let them implement their manifestos,” the Reverend stated.
His recent satirical poem comes on the backdrop of President Ruto stating that he was unbothered by criticism on taxes.
While inspecting Masinde Muliro Market in Kitale on Wednesday, the head of state insisted that he would ensure his promise to create employment through the Affordable Housing Scheme is achieved. Employees and employers each pay 1.5% of the gross pay of the employee towards the scheme.
“Nikasema tulipe Housing Levy, watu wakasema ya kwamba naleta mambo ya ‘Zakayo‘. Heri mimi nikuwe ‘Zakayo’ lakini hawa vijana wapate ajira, heri niitwe ‘Zakayo’ na Kenya issingie kwa madeni,” he stated.
This can be loosely translated to “I said we pay the Housing Levy but people said that I’m becoming the Biblical Zaccheus ‘Zakayo’. It is better to be Zakayo and the youths get employment. It is better to be ‘Zakayo’ than let Kenya sink into debt.”
The Court of Appeal, on Friday, also gave Ruto a major shot in the arm after it lifted temporary orders barring the implementation of the Social Health Insurance Act which replaced the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) Act.
If implemented, SHIF will be mandatory for every household, contributing 2.57 per cent of income towards the funds. Ruto capped the new deductions at Ksh5,000 for salaried Kenyans and Ksh300 for those in the informal sector.
President William Ruto speaking during a burial ceremony in Nyandarua County on January 2, 2024.