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Lawmakers divided over the Presidents proposed 8% VAT on petroleum products


Law makers are divided over new taxation and cost cutting proposals by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

This comes just a day to the crucial special sitting of the National Assembly which will adress the President’smemorandum detailing his reservations about the Finance Bill 2018 and supplementary estimates outlining various budget cuts.
A section of MPs oppossing the President’s memorandum that recommends an 8% VAT on petroleum products argue that Kenyans should not be burdened with additional taxes that raise the cost of living.

The President is expected to meet the MPs at State House today to lobby them to support his tax cut and proposed austerity measures.

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The National Super Alliance has already openly rejected any taxation on fuel products, setting the stage for a confrontation in Parliament.

Led by Suba South legislator John Mbadi, the minority side will also on Tuesday converge at County Hall to take a common position on Uhuru’s proposals.

Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir said lowering the tax from 16 per cent to eight per cent will not ease the cost of living burden on Kenyans. Mombasa senator Mohamed Faki said Parliament should not give in to Uhuru’s proposal, saying MPs have a duty to protect the interests of the people they represent.