The National Assembly of Kenya has received a petition to look into the recent fuel prices in the country after there was a public uproar. Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) announced new fuel prices for the period between September 15 to October 14 that increased by 6%.
According to documents presented before Speaker Justin Muturi, the petition filed by Anthony Manyara and John Wangai was calling for urgent repeal of Section 13 of the Finance Act 2018. They argued that this will address the drastic increase in prices of petroleum and petroleum products through the abolition of 8% VAT.
During a Parliament session on Tuesday, September 21, Speaker Muturi stated that the matter at hand was urgent and directed Finance Committee to submit a report in 14 days.
“The petitions aver that all taxpayers and consumers of petroleum and petroleum products have been adversely impacted by the law which they term as draconian. This is a matter that squarely and exclusively falls within the authority and mandate of the National Assembly as espoused in at least five provisions of the Constitution,” Muturi stated.
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