The huge number of parliamentarians in Today’s August house has had Kenyans overwhelmed by the number of policies and exonerated representation from all ladders of leadership.
Critics have argued that the role of the Parliament today is a tiny gleam of the yester years, from the composite of first time Naive parliamentarians present, to old time parliamentarians, a huge bunch of other nominated parliamentarian who go unnoticed on input.
The Finance bill 2018, took Kenyans by surprise following the stale need to follow Parliament proceedings, after the controversial hikes on fuel left many unprepared. It is the reality that has ravaged many seeing the special sitting today in Parliament, murred by drama.
With no clear state of an opposition government, genuine and passionate parliamentarians from both sides of the divide heckled the undiplomatic speaker Justin Muiruri for alleged deliberate antics of forcing the Tax Vote 2018 into a win.
As heated sentiments go round on what made the better part of the debate, here is a reaction from a one time staunch Jubilee Follower, Hon. Joshua Kutuny.
What transpired today in parliament regarding the way President Uhuru Kenyatta’s memorandum on Finance Bill 2018 was adopted is a fallacy.
I want to put it clear that the leadership of Parliament used unorthodox, undemocratic and unprocedural means to pass the President’s memorandum.
The action totally undermines democracy and amounts to daylight robbery of democracy against the wishes of the common mwananchi.
I want to remind the leadership of Parliament that they need not to force everything to happen, least they invite silent revolution.
The principal of politics calls for consultation and reaching out to opposing sides and people of divergent opinion on issues of common concern facing Kenyans.
As much as they resort to barbaric means in handling issues of great concern, history will judge them harshly for oppressing poor Kenyans.
In conclusion, the rebellion witnessed today in Parliament is a tip of the iceberg over many underlying issues.
This should serve as a wake up call to the executive and the leadership of Parliament.
Hon Joshua Kutuny,
The success of this bill will see, Kenyans dig deeper into their torn pockets.
The Fuel Tax, remains at 8%,
Internet tax will range 10-15%
Motor vehicle duty will be at 30%,
And Mobile money Transfer tarrufs will flactuate with 20%.
The cost of living just went higher as the Kenya Revenue Authority completes a link with the CBK to have bank accounts of all tax payers linked for deductions. For those filling zero returns, deductions will be Channelled from the amount of cash flow in the accounts actually.
This comes at a time when Civil society groups give leads on the attempts to turn Nairobi into a Tax Haven.