Why President Uhuru Must Save Kenya Now And Not Tomorrow.

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The country is going through a storm. The economy is not stable and what is worrying is that the countries that have gone through where we are now have come out beaten, shaken and some of those countries governments have fallen.

As a country we must put forward our best foot to make sure that we over come this challenging storm. But then the responsibility stops with the captain. The captain must bring his skills together. The president of Kenya must at this time going forward making those decision that are in the best interest of the country. And this decisions ought to be bold and firm.

That brings us to the VAT act where the president has been asked by the parliament to accept that we postponed the implementation date of the VAT charged on the petroleum products by another two years. Instead, the president have proposed that the 16% VAT be reduced to 8%. This shows lack of firmness from from the president side.

This is a time ‘dilemma’ can not work, you are either on the left on the right. The president must therefore only make firm decisions. Reducing VAT from 16% to 8% is not addressing what was put before him. Parliament asked him to agree, which means he was either to agree or to reject and give his reasons for not accepting that we postponed the implementation date.

Changing from 16% to 8% simply means the president is doing the work of the parliament because president requires substantive law to do that and laws are not made in statehouse, laws are only made in parliament.

The country of Kenya must choose either of the two side, left or right. If we go left, we remain a third world country within the arm-beat of the world bank with its IMF. We will be people who care what IMF is saying, What London club is saying, what the Bahrain club is saying, how the bond market is responding and we could care to know about borrowing. If Kenya chose to remain within that cycle then Kenya would have to respect what world bank says.

VAT on the petroleum products is just one of  the things we will have to do and if not, soon we will be told to devalue our shillings among a host of other measures Kenyans will be forced to do in order to remain credit worth and in order to remain a going concern in the thinking of the IMF.

So VAT is just a clear path that we needs to take. We can not have our cake and eat it. Either we are in that arm beat of IMF and world bank, we continue to borrow from China, we continue to auction the country, we reach a point where we are slaves and we reach a point where some of our facilities like ports would have to go to the Chinese.

If Kenya continue to borrow and later fails to pay the loans, we shall in future unseat some of our lands to the Chinese in a sense that Kenya is becoming a Chinese colony.

The other paths is for us to agree that the formula we have been using for development in Africa, can not work for us. The structural adjustments programs and all other things that have come our way from IMF have never work. So we can choose to ignore IMF and world bank and chose a new path. And for this to happen, it requires some boldness and leadership.

Another better option is we chat a new way of doing things in Africa. Where we trade among ourselves as Africans. Where we deal with the Chinese, Americans and the Europeans as equal partners in the market. But as long as we depend on this people, we will never develop, we will become slaves and we will have to do what they say.

So the president must make a very strong and bold decision on how he wants to run the economy of Kenya.

Why Ruto Will Be Kenya’s 5th President In 2022.

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It is now becoming clear that the ‘Handshake’ is all about 2022. Ruto visit to Kabarak to see former president Gideon Moi and what happens there after leaves no doubt in the minds of many Kenyans that the handshake between Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga is about 2022.

It is now becoming clear and observers of Kenya’s political scene seems to agree on two things;

  1. That the handshake is about 2022 and Gideon Moi and few other people who only a few years ago were not considered serious contenders for the presidency are assembling and could offer competition  to establish names. In this scheme of things, deputy president William Samoe Ruto does not appear to be the person Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga have in mind for 2022.
  2. It is also becoming clear by the day that many observers and indeed the schemers of the handshake believes that Ruto  is no match to the combined forces of Raila Odinda and Uhuru Kenyatta. They believe that Ruto’s money and resources will be of no match to the old money of the established families.

The sad news for those who believes in the above two statement is that Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga and Gideon Moi may be in for surprises. William Samoe Ruto may actual win to become the 5th president of the republic of Kenya. Why?

  1. William Ruto have been under-rated. William Ruto is not a man to under-rate. Even in football where Raila Odinga is good at, when you under rate your opponent sometimes you get disappointed.
  2. Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga and Gideon Moi are going to make alot of blunders. The first major blunder was made at Uhuru Park on 1st of May 2018  by Francis Atwoli when he told Kenyans that president Uhuru Kenyatta is too young to retire in 2022. What people thing about it today, it did not resonate with people and people are very angry about the statement.
  3. Other blunder they will make soon is that they will force some kind of power sharing. First this is something many Kenyans are against. Both Raila and Uhuru Kenyatta had encourage Kenyans about that. They made Kenyans believe that power sharing is nowhere in their scheme of things. So Kenyans are justified if they reject this but it seems Riala and Uhuru are going to do this. Apart from Kenyans resenting, that alone will create enemies between Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta camp because to introduce Raila people in the cabinet Uhuru will be forced to remove some of his people from the cabinet in order to fix Raila people. And the sure thing here is that those people who will be forced out of the cabinet will be allied to William Ruto. So people will also give William Ruto sympathy vote comes 2022.
  4. The other blunder that they are likely to make will arise when they finally unveil their team. Their candidate for 2022 will create more rift within Jubilee and NASA.

And because of all the above blunders, William Ruto might just as well beat them in 2022. William Ruto is a fighter, he is a hard worker and he will many Kenyans who will be behind him.

The only best advice to William Samoe Ruto is that he needs to learn how to be a Kelenjin from Gideon Moi. It is surprising that William Ruto who was brought up in the village is less Kalenjin than Gideon Moi who is an urban kid. Gideon Moi was brought up by His father Daniel Moi different from the way Jomo Kenyatta brought up Uhuru Kenyatta to be a real Kikuyu young man. Gideon Moi who can’t even speak good Kalenjin or good Swahili seems to be a real Kalenjin.

The way William Ruto is running up and down show signs of panic. Until now Gideon Moi has not even stated categorically that he wants the presidency, he has not made any move, there are no major announcement from him about the presidency. William Ruto is the one dragging him into it. William Ruto should learn from Gideons father who for 12 years as vice president, he was humiliated, he went through alot and that is why he was called a passing cloud.

The only thing William Ruto needs to do is to stop Murkomen, Duale and other leaders from talking on behave of him and instead sit back an watch them make blunders and he could just become the 5th president of the republic of Kenya.

President Uhuru Speech AS He Address The Nation On 16% VAT.

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Fellow Kenyans, as the president i have a constitutional duty to ensure that legislative instruments presented for my signature conform to our national aspirations and fulfill government basic obligations to our people and also to ensure that they are implementable.

The Finance bill 2018/2019 brought to me yesterday felt short of this threshold. It protected the status quo and sacrificed our bigger vision. It took the easy part instead of rising to the challenges of our time. It was good politics, but bad leadership.

As you already might know, i returned it to parliament with the number of modifications designed to cure this short comings. Ladies and gentlemen, the 2010 constitution widens Kenya’s democratic space. It also fundamentally altered the structures and function of government.

With Our new constitution, we have seen substantial increase in political representation at every level. We now have two houses of parliament. The national assembly has grown from a membership of 290 to 349. And our new senate has 67 elected and nominated members. We also have 47 governors, 47 deputy governors and 47 new counties assemblies in which sit more than 1000 members of county assembly. Additionally we have 16 independent offices and commissions excluding our judiciary. As you can see the enjoyment of the new rights that we gave ourselves in 2010 has been expensive. We are all very proud at a speed which we have implemented the new constitution and devolve government to the people.

We have already transferred over one trillion Kenya shillings to county governments since 2013. We have as a results seen major improvement in service delivery and also improvements in the lives of Kenyans. And that is why we will continue to protect devolution and our constitutional order not withstanding the cost.

In addition to supporting devolution, your taxes have also been used for a very aggressive and successful development agenda. Today millions of Kenyans travel on new roads build by my administration and other roads are still under construction. Millions of homes have been connected with electricity and our mothers now have access to safer and cheaper maternal care. In addition to free primary education, parents today can now sent their children to day secondary schools and free textbooks are available for our children.

I wish just to remind Kenyans that Memorandum of understanding  between Kenya and the United States of America for direct flights was signed in 2008 and its only now after consistent investments in the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport under my administration, that the first direct flight to America has become a reality. And the Standard Gauge Railway has been nothing short of transformation build in record time between Mombasa and Nairobi.

On the Social front, we have more than doubled the number of people with access to healthcare under NHIF. And in addition, elderly Kenyans numbering more than 700,000 amount to ease their lives. But all this fellow Kenyans cost money. Your taxes have paid for clear and touchable progress.

Funding devolution to a tune of over one trillion Kenya Shillings since 2013 was our bold decision. Fighting corruption and demolishing illegal structures is a bold decision to some while it remains unpopular to others. Initiating major social protection programs for the vulnerable in our society is bold decision. All of this Fellow Kenyans, we have done without any substantial increase in taxes over the period.

Fellow Kenyans i now wish to address myself to the question of VAT on the petroleum products. But before i do so i would like to mention two thongs.

Reforms to the VAT taxation was first introduces in the VAT act of 2013. Under the transitional plans passed by the parliament, certain good including petroleum products were to be exempt from the VAT to allow for the gradual implementation of the new tax.

This exemption were set to expire in August of 2016 but was extended for the far period of two years to the end of August 2018.

The purpose of this tax was simple. We have to pay for the new constitutional order as well as the public services on which Kenyans depend alike and this cost money.

Further delay in the implementation of the tax will compromise our ability to deliver basic services to Kenyans and to maintain the trajectory  of our development.

Fellow Kenyans, i have spent the last few days  listen to a wide cross section of opinions. And it is clear that you are all troubled by the effects of the rise in the prices of petroleum products and its impact on the cost of living. I have heard and understand your concerns which is why i have proposed as part of my memorandum to cut VAT on petroleum products by 50%. this means from 16% to 8%.

Should parliament accept this proposal, the price of super petrol will drop from the current price of Ksh. 127 to about Ksh. 118. And diesel will drop from Ksh.115 to about Ksh. 107.

Just as business owners took the new VAT rate as an opportunity to increase the cost of goods and services, i expect them not to take the advantage of fellow Kenyans and to lower their prices commentary without any delay. That done fellow Kenyans we still facing a financing gap. This measure alone will not balance our budget as required by law.

Therefore i have further proposed wide range in cuts in spending across all arms of government. The cuts target less essential spending such as hospitality, foreign and domestic travel, training and seminars and other similar categories. This budget cuts ask all of us in government that we tighten our belts. It also ensure that the sacrifices made by the tax and compliance Kenyans are matched by discipline from all of us in the public service.

I want to assure Kenyans that their taxes will be used well and that is why in my memorandum, i have also propose to increase the resources available to the institutions entrusted to fight corruption specifically i have increase funding to the judiciary to speed up the completion of cases concerning corruption and economic crimes.

Further, i have increase allocation to the office of the DPP as well as the other investigative agencies. I expect this bodies to work closely together to help us restore our faith in public institutions.

Fellow Kenyans, as president it is my first responsibility to put Kenyans first,hose living today and your children who will inherit this country tomorrow. This means i must make a delicate balance between short term pain and long term gain.

Fellow Kenyans we have a country to transform and we must make bold decisions to achieve our vision. I ask all Kenyans to join me and for all of us to join hands to work together for us to achieve this common vision of a free, just, democratic, socially inclusive and a society which shares prosperity for all.

I thank you and my God bless Kenya.

 

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta Rejects Finance Bill 2018. 16% VAT To Stay.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has rejected the finance bill 2018, a bill that was seeking to suspend implementation of 16 per cent VAT on petroleum products for two years. President Uhuru Kenyatta  had 14 days to approve or reject it.

Many kenyans have been waiting and hoping that president Uhuru Kenyatta will sign it.  Speaker of the national assembly had sent the bill to the office of the president on 13th of September and it happened that at this time the president was outside the country. President Uhuru Kenyatta has therefore rejected it and has sent it back to parliament. Reports from our sources is that the national assembly is set to hold a special sitting on Tuesday, 18th of September 2018.

As Kenyans were waiting for the president decision on the same finance bill, there hope was that president was going to consider the situation Kenyans are facing after the 16 VAT on petroleum products. According to the reactions from Kenyans now is that they are disappointed by this and they feel that no one now is out there to represent or rather to speak for them since the president was their last hope.

Kanze Dena who is the deputy spokesperson in the office of the president has announce that president Uhuru Kenyatta set to address the Nation tomorrow, 14th of September 2018 following consultations on the VAT matter with the leadership of the National Assembly. This might be meant to explain to Kenyans why he rejected it and what next.

Kenyans are already facing hard life since the cost of living is going at a rate they don’t give them hope for a good future in Kenya. While President Uhuru Kenyatta was in China, many Kenyans complained that our country is headed to a wrong direction because of the excess borrowing from China.

Reports also says that Chinese government are now financing alot of projects in specifically African countries. It is also reported that China has taken over some properties in some of the African countries that did not manage to pay back debt to the Chinese.

Some Members of parliament lead by Gatundu member of parliament Moses Kuria supported the 16% VAT saying that Kenyans must pay taxes without complaining. Moses Kuria said that he is even ready to lose friends and stand with his principles.

“Yes. I am supporting 16% VAT on fuel. I am not ashamed of it. I am not pretentious. And yes I know I will lose some of my friends and supporters. But my principles are more important to me as a Christian, a leader and a man who went to the river and not for fetching water to build a mud-walled house.” Moses Kuria

While Kenyans was feeling disappointed after president Uhuru rejects the finance bill 2018, Moses Kuria seems to have been a happy man as he congratulated the president for returning the finance bill to the parliament.

” I am not pretentious. And yes I know I will lose some of my friends and supporters. But my principles are more important to me as a Christian, a leader and a man who went to the river and not for fetching water to build a mud-walled house. ” Tweet from Moses Kuria.

Cabinet secretary Henry Rotich had earlier given hopes to Kenyans after meeting with the president that they will review the VAT on petroleum products after the public outcry. Surprisingly, the finance bill is now reject. This mean Kenyans will continue paying high taxes on petroleum product. The fear is that, the prices of other products in the market will go up after many business people sent a signal. Remember for every commodity to reach to the market, there must be transport. Already Kenyans are paying to much for their Matatu fare.

Many Kenyans are now blaming the Jubilee government and the fact that Raila Odinga who use to fight for then a times as an opposition leader is now in the government and is currently speaking less on many issues. He has been commenting less on corruption issues not like before  handshake. According to Kipchumba Murkomen, the president decision to reject the finance bill is in the best interest of our country however painful it will be.

Embakasi east member of Parliament, Hon. Babu Owino says that it is sad and discauraging that president Uhuru Kenyatta has reject the finance bill 2018.

 

Sonko Ashamed Okoth Obado On Sharon’s Case. ” Useless Man.”

 

Nairobi Governor, Mike Mbuvi Sonko said that Migori governor Okoth Obado is the main suspect in the case involving the murder of the university student Sharon Otieno and her unborn child. Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko said that without any fear of contradiction  as he ashamed the Migori governor Obado as a useless man ever.

” Most of you fear telling the truth on the case of Sharon Otieno, the main suspect is mu fellow governor Okoth Obado. Shame on you!! Shenzi type.”

Speaking at a function, governor Mike Sonko said that postmortem results reveals that Sharon Otieno was stabbed  six times. He added  the killers decided to kill Sharon Otieno and her unborn baby because governor Okoth Obado had asked Sharon to do an abortion but Sharon refused. Governor Mike Sonko said that governor Okoth Obado is a useless man having even failed to use protection which could have avoid the pregnancy that later lead to argument and the final results was the murder of Sharon.

Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko angrily warned Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Noordin Haji and Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI), George Kinoti not to gamble with the lives of Kenyans. Sonko said that alot of Kenyans are crying for justice and they really deserve it.

Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko said that Migori governor Okoth Obado must be jailed and charged with murder because the results are out and there is no need of beating around the bush looking for the suspect.

” Am saying, Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji And George Kinoti, Director of Criminal Investigations, should not to play with the lives of people who are crying for justice. Arrest Obado and charge him with Murder case.”

Governor Mike Sonko also warned governor  Josphat Nanok, Chairman of Counsel of Governors and Turkana county governor not to dare call governors for press conference in solidarity with the fellow governor who sonko termed him as a murderer.

“Am telling chairman of council of governors Josphat Nanok not to dare call us for press conference to assist a murderer. We can not assist a murderer.”

Earlier governor Okoth Obado had sent a warning yo all people or bloggers who are dragging him to the murder of Sharon Otieno. Obado said that he has directed his lawyer to watch over all those who are accusing him on the case as he promise to file a case against then for tarnishing his name. He had earlier admitted that he knows Sharon but he did not make her pregnant.

It was also reported that two more suspects were arrested to assist in the case concerning the murder of Sharon Otieno.

Director Of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji has however cautioned the public against jumping into the conclusion on investigations into the murder of Sharon Otieno. This is following opinion from Kenyans who according to them is that the murderers who were the ring leaders are already known. Most Kenyans made conclusions on this case when the parents of the late Sharon Otieno reveals what Sharon was undergoing and what happened as he connect the case to Senior county official of Migori County. Further more, when the Journalist, Barrack Oduor who was allegedly kidnapped together with Sharon Otieno Spoke on what happened, alot was revealed and that is how many Kenyans made their conclusion but many fear speaking out their conclusion.

The family of Sharon Otieno asked the public not to politicize the case of their daughter saying that what they only want is justice for Sharon. The family are now in a difficult situation after it was reported that one of the relatives died after receiving the sad news on the murder of Sharon Otieno.

Miguna Miguna : Uhuru Kenyatta Is Far Worse Than A “MONKEY”.

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On 5th of September 2018, a video clip of a Chinese nationalist who was recorded referring the president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta as a ‘monkey’  went viral on social media. The Chinese is reported to had been managing a business of selling motorbikes in Nairobi.

Dr. Miguna Miguna who was deported after 2017 elections in Kenya commented on the Chinese statement saying that the Chinese was generous because according to Dr. Miguna Miguna, President Uhuru Kenyatta is far worse than a ‘Monkey’. Miguna Miguna added that real monkeys are more civilized.

” The Chinese man who called Uhuru Kenyatta a monkey was generous. Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta is far worse than a monkey. Monkeys are very civilized. They show genuine love, affection and care for their children when Uhuru Kenyatta murders babies like Baby Pendo and children like Moraa Nyarangi.”  Tweet from Dr. Miguna Miguna.

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According to the Chinese man, all Kenyans are monkey, very dirty, poor and smelling bad. Now considering Dr. Miguna Muguna’s tweet, at one point he claimed that he is a true Kenyan and he seems to be siding the the Chinese man. And the question is, Is Muguna Miguna accepting that he is a monkey?

However, following the comments from the Miguna Miguna’s tweet, some Kenyans have supported him more so when Miguna mention the names of PENDO and MORAA. The two children lost their lives during the 2017 election protest in Kenya.

Since Dr. Miguna Muguna was deported back to Canada after leading the swearing in Of Raila Odinga as the People’s President, He has never stopped talking about it on his social media accounts, Twitter and Facebook. Miguna Miguna become more mad on Kenyan leaders after Raila Amolo Odinga decided to meet president Uhuru Kenyatta for handshake that would later led to unity in Kenya between NASA supporters and that of Jubilee.

Report from the Immigration department is the racist Chinese man was arrested and his work permit will be cancelled then later he will be deported back to China.

“Chinese National by the Name Liu Jiaqi who was captured on video yesterday using abusive words has been arrested. His work permit has been canceled and will be deported on racism grounds.” Tweet From Immigration Kenya.

Many leaders from Kenya have condemned the behavior of the Chinese man but Live News was attracted to a comment from Senator Kipchumba Murkomen. According to The Senator, many Kenyans call each other names worse than that from the Chinese man. He said that Kenyans call others bad names more so when they differ in an opinion or because they are from different tribes.

“I know we are mad with Liu Jiaqi for calling us monkeys. But let’s be honest. How many of us call people worse names because they come from different tribes?How many of us hurl obscenities to others because they hold different opinions? We have many and worse Liu Jiaqis among us.” Tweet from Senator Kipchumba Murkomen.

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Considering Kipchumba Murkomen Tweet or opinion, it is true that Kenyans call each other bad names when they differ in an opinion. But that does not allow outsiders to use abusing language like that of the Chinese man because that will be seen as racism.

It was earlier reported that Many cases where foreigners doing businesses in Kenya have been abusing Kenyan had been reported to the ministry of Labour and even COTU but no action was taken at all.

While talking to NTV, a lady who works at Sonlink, the same company that was managed by the Chinese Man admitted that they are facing alot of challenges since the Chinese are mistreating them.

Bonny Khalwale – Impeach President Uhuru, Not Cs Rotich.

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Following the implementation of the 16% VAT on all the petroleum products, member of parliament now wants to recall the house. Fuel retailers have also warn on the possible shortage of the product anytime.

According to Bonny Khalwale, president Uhuru Kenyatta is the one to blame on this issue. Khalwale said that Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich has done nothing wrong and he is just implementing a low.

While talking to AMlive NTV morning show, Bonny Khalwale defend Cs Henry Rotich. Bellow are the words from Khalwale;

” I think we are seeing more of anger than reasons, members of parliament are generating more heat than light. If the members of parliament could keep focus on how a bill becomes an act then how that act become effective, they would not be misleading Kenyans now all around telling lies and pretending because they are the one who know exactly what is happening.

Some members of parliament who are attempting to impeach Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich are simply encouraging in escapism. If there is anybody now who must take the responsibility id His Excellency president Uhuru Kenyatta. Cabinet Secretary Hon. Henry Rotich is not breaking any law. He is just implementing  what is already a law. The is was that by 1st of September 2018, the new rule on 16% VAT on petroleum product has to operate. If Cs Henry Rotich could have done something else, then he would have been blamed for breaking the law.

It will only be available for Cabinet secretary Henry Rotich to do anything else if  president Uhuru Kenyatta had signed what was resolved by the parliament.  If the president of Kenya His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta was really caring about the life of Kenyans, he should have gone to China after he has signed the bill and its only after he has signed that Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich could act. So on this president Uhuru Kenyatta is to be blamed. He is the one with a responsibility to ensure that this 16% VAT nonsense stops with immediate effect. Henry Rotich is just a cock in the conveyor belt.  The people who loves the president should save us the drama and lie of telling us the president is not the one to blame.

For God’s sake, for any president in the whole world, the one thing that he does not lose sight of is the budget and especially the taxation measures. A president who does not see and interpret the implications of budget and taxation measures against members of public who elected him, ceases being an elected person but somebody who came to office either through dictatorship, a coup or a monarchy. So with due respect, the president is to blame on this. The time Rotich was supposed to be impeached is when he mismanage items like sugar importation problem. But on this issue of fuel, the president is the one supposed to be impeached, we have to put pressure on the president until he signed the good idea by the parliament that 16% VAT be postponed. And as we do so we should also make him take responsibility for the fact that had he borrowed and use the money in the projects that would lead to generation of revenue, Kenya would not be where it is now. Those projects would now be contributing towards financing the loans. “

According to Hon Alfred Keter, member of parliament for Nandi hills, more than 150 law makers have supported the call to discuss the treasury Cabinet Secretary Hon, Henry Rotich’s defiance of the vote.  On the other side majority leader Aden Duale now blame some members of parliament saying they are hypocrites on the issue of fuel tax.

 

Hon .Junet Mohamed Tells The truth On 16% VAT On Fuel.

 

Hon. Junet Mohamed is so far the only member of parliament who has told Kenyans exactly what happened before and what is happening now of the issue of 16% VAT on fuel.

All Kenya leaders need to tell Kenyans the truth about the 16% tax increment on petroleum products. This issue should not be used politically for personal gain. The VAT act imposing 16% VAT on petroleum products was enacted in the year 2013. Its was to take effect on 1st of September 2016 but the effective date was pushed forward to 1st of September 2018 and this is exactly what is happening now in 2018 .

Hon. Junet Mohamed moved an amendment again in the last parliament to push the effective date for another two years from 2016 and that is 2018. All members of parliament who were in the 11th parliament know about this but surprisingly they seems to be shocked too. Some leaders are trying hard to hide the truth from its people .

The passage of the finance bill also took longer period this year because it contained heavy taxation proposals and hence a lot of scrutiny and public participation was required. Now that it has passed just on Thursday morning last week, it’s on transit to the president for signing to become an act of parliament. Unfortunately the president traveled before the bill was presented to him.

The ball is now on the side of the president to sign it and become an act of parliament or to reject it.

We hope he will agree with parliament but in the meantime, as a country governed by laws, and everything is done in order and in accordance to the law, the VAT act as passed in 2013 is fully enforce but in the event the president agrees with parliament to postponed it again just like it happened in 2016 to 2018, the taxes shall be suspended and if does not parliament shall vote again on the amendment with 2/3 Members Parliament supporting it and it ends there.

So leaders needs to explain the above facts to the citizens of Kenya instead of blaming Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich who is acting as per the laws of Kenya. Kenyans needs to know exactly what is happening and why.

According to false statement from some leaders on this issue of 16% VAT, many Kenyans now feels that the Jubilee government is working hard to make their lives harder each and everyday. All this is because they are not being told the truth. Those vilifying Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich should understand and get facts straight.

Now the problem is that if the 16% VAT  will be suspend, one thing for sure is that the fuel prices will take time to come down. This applies to all other commodities whose price may have been affected. This where where cartels takes advantage. Some places fare charges are already up and it will take time to come back to normal and in most cases it will even stay there because not even one leader will be out there to follow up to confirm the prices are down to normal. The problem in Kenya is forgetting so fast. An issue trend for few days and then it is forgotten completely.

Take an example of mercury in sugar cases, a kilo of sugar was 100 Kenya shillings but as we talk now it is at 180 Kenya shillings per kilo and it seems to be normal since no one is talking about. The main problem in Kenya is cartels talking advantage of a situation. Another issue will come up tomorrow and all Kenyans plus leaders will concentrate on it forgetting the previous main challenge. We skip unsolved problem claiming to be solving another problem.

On the the 16% VAT on petroleum product, the final person id the president and many Kenyans now hope that the president will reject it.

 

Hon. Sakaja And Hon. Murkomen At Each Other Again Over 16% VAT On Fuel.

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Hon. Sakaja And Hon. Murkomen At Each Other Again Over 16% VAT On Fuel

Nairobi Senator Hon. Jonson Sakaja and Senator Murkomen are not new when it comes to online attack. The two have been attacking each other on twitter on matters to deal with addressing president Uhuru Kenyatta.

Sometime back on the issue of Mau eviction, Senator Murkomen visited the evicted and while addressing them, he is on record mentioning president Kenyatta’s name using a term that was seen to be attacking the president indirectly.  Many leaders were not happy about Murkomen’s statement and Hon. Sakaja on his side came out clearly to face Senator Murkomen asking him to apologize to the president. After there was rumours that some Jubilee MPs were planing to remove Senator Murkomen from the position of Leader of Majority  in senate. After sometime, President Uhuru Kenyatta was seen together with Senator Murkomen and it is not clear whether Murkomen apologize or not.

Now the two senators are at each other again after the government announced 16% VAT.  This time round, senator Sakaja was the one who addressed the president asking him to do anything possible to do away with the tax on fuel saying that it will affect the live of Kenyans negatively.

” Dear President Uhuru Kenyatta, kindly assent to the Amendment exempting fuel from VAT. The gain in tax revenue is much less than the goodwill of Kenyans in the fight against corruption (where we are losing much more). If anything, we should entirely do away with VAT on fuel.”  tweet from Sakaja.

This is where Senator Murkomen came in may be in a revenge mission. He does that replying to Sakaja’s request to the president. According to Senator Murkomen, Sakaja is inciting Kenyans against president. You can too be a judge, is the above statement from Hon. Sakaja inciting ?

” I agree with you Hon. Jonson Sakaja on this. But remember you issued a statement publicly when I visited the people of MAU against this approach. In your own words you warned me against “inciting Kenyans against President Uhuru’s initiatives” because it is “…disingenuous, underhand and disrespectful”.” said Murkomen.

However Senator Sakaja come in setting records straight by replying to Murkomen saying that;

” A world of difference between us. Your statement was against what president Uhuru Kenyatta had already done. Mine is urging him to do..to assent to the amendment by National Assembly. You said people are being kicked out because of the handshake . I’m a public servant. I wasn’t elected to text and DM President Kenyatta but to be PUBLICLY accountable to my electorate. So in as much as I have raised this privately, my actions on this MUST be in the PUBLIC domain and the millions of Citizens of Nairobi who I serve must know my stand.”

Alot are now emerging following the issue of 16% VAT. Many Kenyans are now blaming members of parliament who were in parliament last term. It is reported that the tax increment was passed in 2013 and did not take effect as it was postponed to 2018. Now all Members of Parliament including those who happened to be in the last parliament are surprised. It seems Kenyan leaders are just as guilty in making life unbearable to most Kenyans.

Kenyans are now seems to be doubting their leaders since it looks like they are playing games for political gains. High cost of living is expected since matatu owner association have announced that fare prices will go up following the 16% VAT on petroleum products. They say that they are not planning any strike and the only option they have is to increase matatu fares.

According to leader of majority, Hon. Aden Duale is that the 16% VAT can only reversed if the president decides. And on the other side Raila has said that the 16% VAT will only last for few days.