Speaker Muturi orders fresh voting on Uhuru’s tax proposal after mistake detected


Speaker Muturi orders fresh voting on Uhuru's tax proposal after mistake detected
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi during voting on President Uhuru Kenyatta's tax proposals on Thursday, September 20, 2018.

In Summary

  • The Speaker said the screens in the National Assembly showed there were 352 MPs in the House yet the parliamentarians are 349.
  • The MPs are now set to vote a fresh on the 8 percent Value Added Tax on petroleum products proposed by President Kenyatta.

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi on Thursday nullified the first round of voting on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tax proposal on fuel after an anomaly was detected in the first round.

The Speaker said the screens in the National Assembly showed there were 352 MPs in the House yet the parliamentarians are 349.

“I have contacted the ICT desk to ensure that the mistake doesn’t occur again. I propose to suspend the sitting for 15 minutes,” said Muturi.

After the National Assembly reconvened,  Speaker Muturi ruled that those opposed to the President’s memorandum on 8% VAT on petroleum products didn’t have the requisite numbers.

This sparked uproar in the House with MPs opposed to the memorandum storming out of the chambers as the committee of the whole house proceeded to pass other proposals in the President’s memorandum.

The first round of voting was characterised by high voltage drama after a section of MPs opposing the fuel levy failed to raise the required quorum of 233 members to shoot down the proposed tax measures.

Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang accused National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale of leading a section of MPs  in walking to frustrate attempts to veto President Kenyatta’s tax proposal.

While majority of MPs in the National Assembly appeared to be against the VAT on fuel, the proposal sailed through since at the time of voting there were only 215 members in the chambers.

A section of members protested the staged walkout by their colleagues, with others alleging that there was rigging in the vote to pass the president’s memorandum.

Also Read: MPs now threaten to impeach Speaker Muturi after Uhuru tax proposals passed

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