The implementation of Kenya's housing levy has sparked a heated debate both within legal circles and among lawmakers, as Attorney General Justin Muturi issues a stern warning against its deduction.

Muturi's cautionary note to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) highlights the lack of a solid legal framework supporting the levy's deduction, following recent court rulings challenging its constitutionality.

In a letter directed to KRA Commissioner General Humphrey Wattanga, Muturi emphasized the significance of adhering to judicial rulings, particularly in light of the Court of Appeal's recent decision upholding the High Court's declaration of the housing levy as unconstitutional.

The controversy stems from section 84 of the Finance Act 2023, which introduced the housing levy as part of broader efforts to bolster the Affordable Housing Fund.

However, legal challenges mounted against the levy have underscored concerns of discrimination and potential violations of constitutional rights.

Despite the Finance Bill 2023 receiving presidential assent, the legal battles surrounding the housing levy persist, casting uncertainty over its enforcement.

Recent parliamentary proceedings saw the adoption of amendments to the Affordable Housing Bill, extending the levy's scope to include contributions from all Kenyans, regardless of their employment status.

AG Muturi's intervention in the debate comes amidst calls for a parliamentary review of the housing bill, aimed at ensuring equitable outcomes for citizens.

Speaking before key parliamentary committees, Muturi underscored the importance of addressing legal concerns raised by the courts while urging lawmakers to seize the opportunity to refine the legislation further.

"We believe that the proposed bill adequately addresses the legal issues raised, yet parliamentary amendments could enhance its efficacy," Muturi asserted during his testimony.

The evolving discourse surrounding Kenya's housing levy reflects broader tensions between legal interpretation, legislative intent, and public interest.

As stakeholders navigate these complexities, the quest for a balanced and inclusive housing policy remains paramount.