• His remarks come amidst heated debate over the contentious housing fund, which is proposed in the Finance Bill, 2023.
• The lawyer went on to give an example of Canada's universal and compulsory healthcare, which he said cares for all, regardless of status.
Lawyer Miguna Miguna has stated the only condition that will have him support the bid by the government to introduce the mandatory Housing levy.
According to Miguna, if the handlers commit to using it ethically and no funds are stolen for the project, it will have his support.
He added that it is time Kenya built a caring society.
"For these reasons - and if the proposed housing levy is handled ethically and no one steals the funds meant for it - I will support it. Let’s build a caring and civilized society. Not a man-eat-man one," Miguna said.
The lawyer went on to give an example of Canada's universal and compulsory healthcare, which he said cares for all, regardless of status.
He said the same applies to affordable housing for the vulnerable in the country.
"Canada’s universal and compulsory health care is celebrated around the world because it cares for everyone - the rich and especially the economically less privileged.
"It ensures that those with gainful income are taxed so that those with no income for various reasons and/or the disabled, the poor, and refugees fleeing oppression have equal access to healthcare care just as much as the wealthy.
"Canada has similar laws, policies, and taxes for affordable housing for the vulnerable. That’s how a caring and civilized society operates. That’s why the Canadian welfare state works while the American system is broken and fails the most vulnerable," he said.
His remarks come amidst a heated debate over the contentious housing fund, which is proposed in the Finance Bill, 2023.
Most Kenyans, including leaders, are opposed to the proposed mandatory levy.