MPs appeal for suspension of the VAT on petroleum products

Legislators from Siaya County Saturday appealed to President Kenyatta to save Kenyans from the high cost of living by assenting to the amendments on the finance bill 2013.

The MPs who belong to the Orange Democratic movement said the onus was now on the President to ease the common mwananchi’s suffering after the parliament played its part by voting to suspend the implementation of the VAT for two years.

They included Chris Karan (Ugenya), Samuel Atandi (Alego/Usonga), Elisha Odhiambo (Gem) and Gideon Ochanda (Bondo) who called on the President to suspend implementation of the 16 percent value added tax on petroleum products.

Speaking at Segere home of Siaya governor, Cornel Rasanga, the legislators accused treasury cabinet secretary, Henry Rotich of choosing to ignore parliament and going ahead to implement the law that has been suspended.

The occasion was attended by among others ODM leader, Raila Odinga and Siaya deputy governor James Okumbe.

Parliament does not act in vain said Gem MP, Elisha Odhiambo adding that the decision by parliament was final and cannot be ignored by government officials.

Karan said the august house will not allow the executive to undermine its authority, saying that the decision by parliament will have to be implemented.

Karan called for patience among Kenyans as the law makers iron out the issue adding that they may even be forced to summon the Treasury CS to explain why he had chosen to ignore the national assembly.

Last Tuesday, parliament voted to suspend the implementation of VAT that has been opposed by most Kenyans but the government went ahead with its plan.

Saturday, the energy regulatory commission announced new petrol prices to reflect the 16 percent VAT.

Source: Kenya News Agency