Dying was going to be a very expensive affair in Kiambu county if the proposed finance bill that was nullified by the High court, had sailed through.
In a move the county claimed would raise revenue to fund its Sh12.6 billion budget, the dead were also to be taxed for the living to live comfortably!
According to the bill, to conduct a burial, the bereaved would have had to fork out Sh4,500 for dead adults, children (Sh3,000) and infants (Sh2,500).
And for those opting to bury at public cemeteries, they would have had to dig deeper into their pockets to raise Sh8,000 for a permanent grave while those whose loved ones die in other counties, but are to be buried in Kiambu, the charges would have been Sh10,000.
For the non-residents of Kiambu, the figure was a non-negotiable fee of Sh25,000! Besides these charges, families would be required to pay Sh30,000 for regular maintenance on the graves at cemeteries.
Should a grave be reopened, say, in the event of a court order, families would pay Sh15,000 if the deceased was an adult, Sh10,000 for a child and Sh5,000 for an infant.
Dying in Kiambu would not only have meant souls have been promoted to glory, but also elevated to non-living tax payers!