The Treasury has said it expects Pay-as-you-Earn (PAYE) taxes to grow by Sh68 billion to Sh447.6 billion in the coming fiscal year, signaling its determination to push through the long promised review of the income tax law. [Business Daily Africa]
Kenyans are ever upbeat whenever Budget Policy Statements (BPSs) are released before the actual presentation of the Budget in parliament. This is informed by the fact that their lives are already miserable synonymous that of a nail between the wood and the hammer! Kenya’s situation is so dire such that currently languishing in floods, severe hunger, deplorable health sector, collapsing education sector, shocking unemployment levels, looting of public coffers’ scandals, a government plagued with an estimated Ksh.5 trillion cumulative debts etc.
Kenya as any secular state in the world its existence is dependent on two sources of revenues that are taxes and interest-loans taken from internal and external financial institutions. The citizens pay taxes directly and the interest-loans indirectly. The two weigh heavily on the shoulders of the citizens who have no alternative means to survive instead to depend on the colonial secular capitalists ‘investors’ who are only interested for slave labour and lower wage with higher profits returns! Such that the situation is that of an oscillation between a pendulum, whereby the slave labourer is paid meagerly for two purposes that of ensuring they eat to stay alive and continue working for the investors and two pay taxes to run the secular government!
Kenya is blessed with numerous resources including fertile land, mineral deposits, oil etc capable to turn around its economy and do away with the burdens of taxation and interest-loans. However, the root cause of its dire situation is its embracement of the colonial secular capitalist ideology that the economic system is founded upon. Capitalist economic system is only concerned with GDP’s growth such that we have economic forecasts and surveys portraying Kenya’s GDP will grow by 2-digit. The government to ensure it realizes the 2-digit growth it woos investors with preferential treatment waivers and seeks approval from World Bank (WB) and International Monetary Fund (MF) as a credit and investment worth nation. While failing to do away with poverty, unemployment, severe hunger etc through its taxation and interest-loans mechanism. Justifying their failure by stating the cardinal Capitalist economic statement that the society’s economic problem is the relative scarcity of commodities and services in relation to needs. This means the problem is not treatable and will continue forever. The truth is that only a few Mafia capitalists own and hoard multi-billions of resources at the expense of the majority sharing little amongst themselves! So in Secular governments everyone for himself and there is no expecting of care from the government that rob you directly via taxation and indirectly paying its debts!
Islam under the Khilafah (Islamic State) re-established on the methodology of the Prophet (saw), will be executed comprehensively including the Islamic economic system emanating from it. The Islamic economic policy will be to secure the satisfaction of all basic needs for every individual completely, and to enable him to satisfy his luxuries as much as he can as person living in a particular society that has a certain way of life. That means the Khilafah will address the basic problems of everyone as human beings , who live according to a particular relationships, then enabling them to raise their standard of living and achieve comfort for themselves according to a particular fashion of life. Hence, the Islamic economic system is unique and different from all other economic policies in existence today in the world.
In the Khilafah (Islamic State) re-established on the methodology of the Prophet (saw), each capable person is obliged to work to achieve the basic needs for himself or their dependents. On the other hand, children or heirs are obliged to support their parents if they are not able to work, or the State Treasury (Bait ul-Mal) is obliged to support the parents if there is nobody to support them. Based on that, Islam requires the individual to secure for himself and his dependents the satisfaction of basic needs i.e adequate foodstuffs, clothing and housing, and encourages the individual to secure the luxuries of life as much as he can.
In the Khilafah (Islamic State) re-established on the methodology of the Prophet (saw), taxation and interest-loans are prohibited. Imposition of taxes is in exceptional cases where it is obligatory upon all Muslims to care for e.g famine or Jihad. Tax is taken only on the wealth that surpasses that which an individual normally uses to satisfy his basic needs and luxuries. Hence, it achieves the right of livelihood for everyone individually, and facilitates the securing of the luxuries. At the same time Islam sets certain limits within which the individual can earn in order to satisfy hi basic needs and luxuries and organize his relationships with others according to a particular system.
Kenya and in general Africa’s renaissance lies in replacing the secular capitalist ideology and its filthy systems emanating from it including that of Mafia democracy, exploitative economic system and social liberalism etc, which are the source of its miseries and catastrophes plaguing it. Alternatively, embrace the Khilafah Project under the Call for Islamic Revival, which currently reverberates across the world and whose re-establishment on the methodology of the Prophet (saw) will propel Kenya and Africa to a greater civilization full of tranquility, peace and prosperity never witnessed before throughout the secular colonial grip!
Ali Nassoro Ali
Member of The Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir in Kenya