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BY CORRESPONDENT,KISUMU,24TH SEPT 2018-Opposition leader Raila Odinga on Monday assured his supporters across the country that he meant well and had their interests at heart when he declared his support for the 8% Value Added Tax (V.A.T) on petroleum products.
Speaking in Kisumu, Mr. Odinga said President Uhuru Kenyatta was in a fix and could not yield to pressure from Kenyans to scrap the fuel taxation.
“I have been at the forefront in advocating for the rights of Kenyans, and so I would not agree to something I know would burden the people,” said the former premier.
“For many years I spoke to these people (Jubilee government) but they refused to listen… they said I was lying and told me to go back to the village and dig. I told them that if they took too many loans without proper investments then it would come back to burden them.”
He further added that he only agreed to support the V.A.T with his own set of conditions as the opposition leader.
“We decided to support the VAT on the condition that such budgets as for leaders going to watch football in Russia, traveling First/Business Class and going for bench marking and bonding trips in Arusha must be cut down,” said the ODM Party leader, who was speaking at event organised by Unaitas Sacco.
“Leaders who get into the government without much and one day later are already fatter must also be done away with.”
Mr. Odinga, who was accompanied by Kisumu Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili, also urged kenyans to embrace the culture of investing and saving saying it was the only sure way to achieving social economic empowerment.
He was speaking during the 25th years celebration of Unaitas which they marked by opening their 25th branch in Kisumu