Kalonzo asks Wiper MPs to support Uhuru’s 8% fuel tax proposal


Kalonzo asks Wiper MPs to support Uhuru's 8% fuel tax proposal
File image of Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • In a statement to newsrooms on Wednesday, Kalonzo urged Wiper parliamentarians to support the proposal by President Uhuru Kenyatta to have the 16pc fuel tax reduced by half.
  • The NASA co-principal however expressed his awareness of the suffering of a majority of Kenyans through harsh economic times saying “the struggle is real. And the burden is heavy.”
  • The former Vice President also called on the three East African governments to harmonize their taxation regimes to ensure citizens do not feel oppressed.

Wiper Democratic Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka has backed a statement from the National Super Alliance (NASA) parliamentary group released on Tuesday supporting the 8 percent fuel tax.

In a statement to newsrooms on Wednesday, Kalonzo urged Wiper parliamentarians to support the proposal by President Uhuru Kenyatta to have the 16 percent fuel tax reduced by half.

“I think many of you will appreciate that we have to strike a balance between catering for the welfare of our people and meeting our development needs through the Budget. And the balance is truly a delicate one,” said Kalonzo.

“On one hand, we as leaders must endeavor to ensure that mwananchi is not overburdened with taxation even as we strive to meet our development goals and targets.”

The NASA co-principal however expressed his awareness of the suffering of a majority of Kenyans through harsh economic times saying “the struggle is real. And the burden is heavy.”

“More importantly, Government must re-energize its war against corrupt individuals and cartels. We know that part of the reason Kenya is struggling is because of rampant graft,” he stated.

“In this regard, I call upon all WDM-K parliamentarians to give their unequivocal support to the proposals by President Uhuru Kenyatta, and particularly the reduction of the fuel tax from 16 to eight per cent.”

The former Vice President also called on the three East African governments to harmonize their taxation regimes to ensure citizens do not feel oppressed.

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