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What next? High court suspends new fuel Tax


Bungoma High court’s Justice Stephen Riechi on Thursday suspended the decision by Treasury to levy a 16 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on petroleum products.

This was after a petition filed by three residents from Kisumu.

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Through their advocate Kenneth Amondi, Titus Alila, Jackline Otieno and Francis Ogada, the petitioners told Justice Stephen Riechi that the new tax will raise the cost of living.

The decision comes just a day after Nairobi High Court judge Chacha Mwita declined to suspend the VAT on the grounds that the legislative process was incomplete. The judge said that because President Uhuru Kenyatta had not assented or rejected the Finance Bill 2018 he could not make a decision.