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Donor pushes for tax waiver on equipment

February 4, 2014

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A Canadian donor wants the government to waive import duty on equipment that a firm was bringing into the country to help Laikipia residents.

Ms Bonnie Sutherland, whose organisation Africa Future through Education and Technology (Afritech) donates school and hospital equipment, said tax waiver would help the flow of such donations to help the needy.

"If such donations continue to be subjected to import duty, the people of Canada might find it difficult to continue with the support," said Ms Sutherland.

She was speaking in Nanyuki when she presented 23 computers to facilitate e-learning at the Laikipia Community Library.

The organisation also installed software and Internet facilities and donated 8,000 books.

Equip libraries

Ms Sutherland said that the gesture was mainly to equip local children with computer skills ahead of rollout of laptops programme in primary schools.

"The computers have been fitted with software which can be used by children who are in pre-unit as well as university students," she said.

Ms Sutherland said that there was a need to equip libraries with e-learning facilities to complement the laptops programme.

The organisation also donated Sh5 million worth of medical equipment to Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital's emergency unit.


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Source: Business Daily (Kenya)


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