In Summary

  • Babu Owino  vehemently criticized the stay orders granted by the High Court on the Housing Levy
  • MP urge kenyans to storm state house and collect their cash refund

Embakasi East member of parliament  Babu Owino has vehemently criticized the stay orders granted by the High Court on the Housing Levy, barely hours after declaring it unconstitutional.

Owino who spoke shortly after Tuesday ruling,termed the decision as ‘postponing an illegality,’ further urging Kenyans to storm State House and demand a refund of their Housing Levy deductions.

The controversial legislator alleged that  President William Ruto-led regime has fraudulently been deducting money from Kenyans and they have a right to get it back.

“This is a type of theft called theft by pen and I want to urge Kenyans to go to State House and get their monies from State House. It does not matter where the money will be gotten from, but Kenyans should rush to State House now that the decision is still hot…we strike while the iron is still hot.”

On the stay orders, he said: “The idea of postponement of this to take effect from January, I don’t think is a right idea. In the wisdom of the Judiciary, they have seen that this thing is unconstitutional. So we can’t say it is constitutional now, and it will be unconstitutional from January.”

According to the MP, citizens are grappling with tough economic times and it was unlawful for the regime to overburden them with more taxes, hence they should be refunded.

“People are suffering and have really paid for the housing levy, they have been taxed and overtaxed, used and misused and Kenyans are sniffing the blood of revolution…let them go to State House and get their monies from there,” he noted.

The High Court on Tuesday declared President  Ruto’s housing  levy unconstitutional noting that it had violated Article 10, 2 (a) of the Constitution.

However, the court at the same time granted stay orders restraining the quashing of the affordable housing levy until January 10, 2024.

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