- The Anti-finance bill signature collection exercise started officially yesterday 15th June as the Treasury CS Njuguna Ndung’u read the proposed budget for 2023/24 financial year
- According to Njagi, it also goes against all the campaign promises President Ruto and his Kenya Kwanza team gave to Kenyans.
A group of activists on Thursday took to the streets to protest against the 2023/24 Budget read by Treasury CS Njuguna Ndung’u.
FreeKenya Movement Interim Chairperson Bob Njagi says that has serious economic implications to the salaried Kenyans and contradicts president Ruto’s pre-election pledges to the low income earns.
According to Njagi, it also goes against all the campaign promises President Ruto and his Kenya Kwanza team gave to Kenyans.
“When Ruto came to office he came with promises to help struggling Kenyans get footing. He brainwashed the struggling mwananchi that he had good intentions to make life easy. Suddenly the president is taxing everything he said he would not touch…this is uncalled for,” said Njagi.
He further rubbished the looming gross sales tax in the proposed tax bill amounts to double taxation saying it will kill the morale of small enterprises. He urged that the president must come out and fulfil his promises to the economically crippling Kenyans.
“Double taxation is illegal because if VAT has been slashed out, why then would you tax mama mboga for a sale and already there are trade licenses?” he posed.
Njagi’s sentiments were further reiterated by Florence Kanyi who lamented policy implementation by the Kenya Kwanza administration, she alleged that president had resorted to take the dictatorial rule citing instances where the president had dared Kenya Kwanza Parliamentarians to vote against the bills.
“Tunaona anatumia( President Ruto) anatumia nguvu nyingi kushurutisha viongozi kama watoto wadogo, I can describe the president as a serial liar, we need public participation,” Kanyi stated.
She further alleged that there is little public confidence in funds management in the country as the country has recorded a series of graft cases in the public institution, the cases that there finality has marked by unsubstantiated acquittal reappointment of the suspects.
“As I speak there is no money in the NHIF, KEMSA and most public office, What else can the government do to demonstrate that funds will be managed well?” She questioned.