Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has sparked a debate online after he chose to delve into the proposed taxation of beauty products which has been suggested in the Kenya Kwanza government Financial Bill 2023/2024. In an exclusive interview with Kenya News Channel on Youtube, the outspoken Raila Odinga's right-hand man stated that taxing beauty products is a grave mistake by the government that will ultimately cost the tourism industry in Kenya.
The second term MP argued that through the beauty products, Kenyan ladies have been an attraction to foreign tourists who have in turn contributed to the economy of the country. Hiking the prices of such products will therefore cause an adverse negative impact to the industry as far as Babu Owino is concerned.
"Our ladies are now putting on these wigs and weaves to attract tourists and the main tourist attraction in this country is our beautiful ladies. Kenya will lose billions because tourists will cease coming here." Babu Owino stated. (Watch video from mark 0:29)
With a section of Kenyans subscribing to Owino's claims, another bit has equally ignored it terming it as unfounded. In the same vein, the opposition chuef Raila Odinga had also highlighted the same taxation concern of beauty products where he claimed that lots of Kenyan women depend on such products as source of employment.
Odinga made the claims during a press conference where he also deplored other forms of taxation schemes proposed by the Kenya Kwanza regime. Among them include the 3 percent housing fund, income tax, content creation taxation among other wage cuts. What do you think about this argument by Babu Owino and Raila Odinga? Share these thoughts and reactions on the comment section below.
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