President Uhuru and ODM Chief Raila Odinga have teamed up with MPs allied to Ruto kick-start the process to lower the spiralling fuel prices that could see MPs amend the law to lower taxes on petrol. This is after National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi approved a petition filed by an MP and two citizens seeking to abolish the current tax regime on fuel.
In the petition, Matungulu MP Stephen Mule and citizens Antony Manyara and John Wangai are calling for “urgent repeal of Section 13 of the Finance Act, 2018 in order to address the drastic increase in prices of petroleum and petroleum products by abolishing the current 8 per cent Value Added Tax.” They say that all taxpayers and consumers of petroleum and petroleum products have been adversely affected by the law they term as draconian.
Justin Muturi said that the Petitioners seek the intervention of this House to consider repealing Section 13 of the Finance Act, 2018 in order to address the sharp increase in prices of petroleum and petroleum products through abolition of the currently prescribed 8% Value Added Tax.
Muturi said he had received similar petitions and requests for Adjournment Motions from Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati and Nominated MP Wilson Sossion, seeking adjournment of the House so as to deliberate on the matter. The Speaker committed the petitions to the Departmental Committee on Finance and National Planning chaired by Gladys Wanga for consideration and directed that the matter be heard and determined in the 14 days.
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