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Treasury CS Henry Rotich to  reverse 16% VAT on Fuel to 12%


National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich who arrived back in the country from China on Wednesday night held a closed door meeting at parliament building on Thursday to discuss the fuel levy.

The two hour crisis meeting was attended by House Speaker Justin Muturi, Attorney General Paul Kihara, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, Solicitor General Ken Ogeto and Deputy Chief of Staff Njee Muturi.
Also in attendance were Budget and Appropriations Committee chairman Kimani Ichung’wa and Finance committee chairnan Joseph Limo.

Rotich is reported to have given concessions to lower VAT to 12 per cent, in a bargain he hoped would be agreed to by Parliament.

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It is not clear if he was conveying a message from the President following MPs’ rejection of several other proposals contained in the Finance Bill.

Rotich repotedly told the legislators that the Government could consider reviewing some of the free services it offered the public.

The CS is said to have listed free maternal healthcare and free primary and secondary school education as some of the services the Government could reconsider should the new tax measures be rejected.