Court extends order barring gov’t from charging housing levy

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The high court in Nairobi has extended orders barring the government from implementing the 1.5% housing levy until May Justice Maureen Onyango issued the orders to allow for the consolidation of the various cases filed against a plan by government to deduct a 1.5% levy from employees’ salaries for the creation of a housing fund. Various parties including the Central Organization of Trade Union (COTU), Trade Union Congress of Kenya, consumers’ federation of Kenya (cofek) and the federation of Kenyan employers (FKE) have filed suits challenging the levy.

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