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Okiya Omtatah Files petition to stop 16% levy on Petroleum Products

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By Annette Amondi

Activist Okiya Omtatah has filed a petition seeking to stop the 16 percent Value Added Tax  on petroleum products.

In the petition filed at Milimani Law Courts on Monday Omtata argues that the increased levy on fuel is unconstitutional, invalid and unfair.

Omtata states that the levy has negative impacts on the cost of essential goods and commodities in the country.

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The petition lists Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), Attorney General as well as the National Assembly as its respondents.

The petition was filled at Milimani Law Courts under Certificate of Urgency.

The new fuel levy has led to strikes by the Kenya Independent Petroleum Distributors Association (KIPEDA) as well as the Motorists’ Association of Kenya.

KIPEDA staged a go-slow on Monday with their trucks remaining parked at depots and have vowed to remain on strike until the levy is capped.

“We, therefore, wish to call upon motorists to again express their anger tomorrow Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th and if possible Wednesday by boycotting fuel and participating in a strike of not going to work in the morning as much as possible,” read a statement from KIPEDA

Trucks owned by the distributors remained parked at the depots for the better part of Monday morning in solidarity with a strike called for by the Motorists’ Association of Kenya.