Activist Okiya Omtatah  sues government over 16% VAT increase on fuel

Activist Okiya Omtatah sues government over 16% VAT increase on fuel

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,3RD SEPT 2018-Activist Okiya Omtatah has gone to court  seeking to suspend the 16 per cent tax imposed on fuel and other petroleum products.

According to Okiya , the decision to impose the new levy has a negative impact on members of the public and should be suspended pending determination of his case.

Omtatah argues  that the decision by state violates the Constitution because “it has an effect of limiting rights to property and advancement of socio-economic rights.”

He observed that Treasury CS Henry Rotich allowed the implementation of the new levy in total defiance to Parliament which suspended the same.

The Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Kenya Revenue Authority, Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Attorney General are the respondents.

Rotich enacted the new tax measures effective September 1 and of which ERC followed by adjusting fuel prices to factor in the tax.

The decision has sparked protests from various quarters with calls to President Uhuru Kenyatta to assent to the Finance Bill, 2018 which suspends the levies.

 

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