Opposition leader Raila Odinga has called upon MPs affiliated with the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party to reject the contentious Finance Bill 2023.
Addressing a press conference on Monday, Raila stated that the coalition will provide further directions on its stance regarding the bill on Thursday.
“The Azimio coalition has directed all our MPs to vehemently oppose the bill. The electorate should watch keenly for legislators who will support the bill because that will be betrayal to Kenyans,” said raila
The Azimio coalition now wants the Finance Bill 2023 withdrawn saying its proposals will burden Kenyans who are already facing harsh economic times.
“The proposed turnover tax is basically a tax on assets whose primary objective is to impoverish the mama mbogas, boda boda and other vulnerable Kenyans struggling to make a living in these difficult economic circumstances,” said Raila
The controversial bill is scheduled to be tabled in parliament with a political showdown anticipated between the Azimio and Kenya Kwanza legislators who have differed on some of the proposals.
One of the main issues of contention in the Bill is the proposed mandatory 3 per cent Housing Fund.