High Court declines to issue orders stopping 16pc fuel tax

The High Court has declined to issue orders stopping the implementation of 16 percent fuel tax.

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On Tuesday, Justice Chacha Mwita directed that the matter be served to the respondents who are expected to appear before court for inter party hearing.

The court has also certified the matter as urgent.

This follows two petitions that were filed by the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) on Tuesday and activist Okiya Omtatah on Monday.

The two parties challenged the directive by Treasury CS Henry Rotich saying it is unconstitutional.

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In court papers seen by Citizen Digital, COTU says if the law is allowed to stand Kenyans will not recover any costs incurred.

The union further notes that the 16 percent imposed on petroleum products will likely increase the prices of commodities.

The transport sector has already increased the basic fares by 20 percent, COTU added.

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