BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,2ND SEPT 2018-The 16 percent increase of VAT on fuel products imposed by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich continues to elicit opposition from across the country.
Baringo Senator Gideon Moi is the latest political leader to oppose the move saying it will push the cost of living even higher than it is at the moment.
“This will make life difficult for Kenyans and especially the ordinary Kenyan who should be cushioned and not condemned to misery by Government policies,” he said
He has called upon the government and all other relevant agencies to come together and explore other ways of raising revenue.
“The rise in tax on petroleum products has the overall net effect of condemning a majority of Kenyans into poverty as they are forced to dig deeper in their pockets,” he stated.
On his part the Motorists of Kenya Association Chairperson Peter Murima further disapproved the VAT on petroleum products saying it will affect Kenyans negatively.
“We are very sad today to wake up to increased fuel prices regardless of Parliament Law and the Petition the Motorists’ Association presented to CS Treasury and National Assembly. As a body synonymous with representing the best interest of motorists in general, we wish to register our anger towards the Minister of Finance Henry Rotich action,” he stated.
The Non-Governmental Organization Council in Kenya called on the Government to review the oil prizes to avoid over burdening the citizens.
National Chairman Stephen Cheboi stated that the move to affect the current taxes increase will impact negatively on the lives of Kenyans and make lives harder to many.
“We appeal to Government to reconsider the decision and find other avenues of raising taxes rather than affecting what will make lives of many citizens hard,” he stated.
He called on the government to hold stakeholders’ consultation on the subject so as to find other alternatives and the best way to handle the tax situations.
“We further call on the Government to ensure the taxes collected are utilized to the best of interest and its citizens.”
This comes even as Belgut member of parliament Nelson Koech writes to the speaker of the national assembly urging him to recall parliament to be recalled to discuss the contentious issue.