Members of parliament from Jubilee and NASA meets  ahead of special sittings on 16% VAT on fuels

Members of parliament from Jubilee and NASA meets ahead of special sittings on 16% VAT on fuels

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,18TH SEPT,2018-The Jubilee Party and National Super Alliance (NASA) are meeting  on Tuesday  ahead of a special sitting where Members of Parliament will be formally notified of the move  by President Uhuru Kenyatta to reject  the Finance Bill 2018.

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale says the Jubilee PG will be held at State House in a bid to whip members to support President Kenyatta’s proposals which among others seeks reduction of VAT on petroleum products from 16 per cent to 8 per cent.

The House Minority Leader John Mbadi on the other hand also confirmed that the Opposition NASA will meet at Orange House and that all members are expected to attend without fail.

On Monday a section of MPs in both camps have openly declared that they will shoot down the proposals on Thursday when they are expected to vote.

However considering that Jubilee party has majority of members in parliament the proposal by president Uhuru Kenyatta to have the tax reduced by 50% may carry the day since it will need only voting on the floor of the house.The president had suggested that the tax be reduced from 16% to 8% as opposed to scraping it off completely

Duale however argues that it is necessary for members to back the proposals when the matter comes up for debate on Thursday.

Out of the 349 MPs, two thirds or at least 233 members are required to overturn President Kenyatta’s proposals which would consequently suspend the initial Finance Bill 2018 for the next two years.

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