Adan Duale defends CS Rotich over fuel VAT

National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale has hit out at those calling for the impeachment of Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich saying he was only implementing a law that was passed by MPs in 2013 that seeks to address shortfalls in the national budget.

The defense coming amid ongoing outcry over the adverse effects of the decision to effect the 16 percent VAT on all petroleum products.

A section of MPs have threatened to impeach finance Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich for allegedly going against parliament’s amendments that had suspended its implementation for a further two years.

Duale however says the legislators should stop misleading Kenyans on government’s decision to impose the 16 percent value added tax on all petroleum products.

He said Rotich is just implementing a law that was passed in Parliament by MPs in 2013 to enable government finance a national budget for the 2018/2019 financial year.

His defense of the Treasury Cabinet Secretary coming as the effects of the new tax regime continue to be felt across the country, with Kenyans  living along the Busia and Malaba border towns flocking to neighboring Uganda to fuel their vehicles.

In the two border towns, a litre of petrol is retailing at between 128 and 130 shillings with diesel selling at 118 shillings In Uganda,  a liter of petrol is currently retailing at 110 shillings  with diesel going for  102 shillings per litre.





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