Closed, protests

Most of the shops in Nairobi were closed today.

Merchants and others are protesting the government's decision to require them to use new cash registers that record sales tax (VAT). Thus they will be held accountable to pay it. The rate of VAT is 16%. That's crippling for anyone to pay, particularly those at lower income levels. And then of course there's the issue of "Where is that tax going? We don't see any benefit!" Many of my local friends expressed that line of thinking.

And of course I had to add a little humor. Seal Honey is the local equivalent of Office Depot. That chain is run by an Indian or Pakistani family.

I never have asked where they got the name. Or what it means.


3rdfloor20 said…
Vat is 16% here too, but you can really see where it is going. Lots don't like it either. Not sure if I do or not.

I'm also not sure about that name, either.

If you leave me your address at the email link on my blog (can't seem to find a link for your's), I'll email you the England pics.

I'm enjoying your pictures.

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