ANC Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi has criticized the government over new taxes slapped on Kenyans under the recently passed Finance Bill 2021.
Mudavadi who is in Nakuru for a two-day tour took issue with the introduction of new taxes on petroleum gas which will see the price of the most common 6kg cylinder gas shoot by at least KSh350, following the introduction of the 16 percent value-added tax.
Addressing journalists after meeting Governor Lee Kinyanjui on Saturday, July 3, Mudavadi called on Kenyans to support his presidential bid promising to rework the country’s taxation framework.
Reiterating that he will be on the presidential ballot in the 2022 general election, Mudavadi said that he will intensify the war against graft which according to him has a direct impact on taxation.
Finance Act, 2021
On Thursday, July 1, the Finance Act, 2021 came into effect after President Uhuru Kenyatta assented to the Bill. Uhuru’s move reintroduced VAT on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
Subsequently, the rise in fuel prices will in turn increase food prices, pushing up the cost of living to a 16-month high.
Mudavadi on charm offensive
Mudavadi is in a charm offensive in the county seeking the backing of residents and local leaders for his 2022 presidential bid.
On the ongoing Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) appeal case, Mudavadi urged Parliament to seek ways of initiating changes through bills that will not require a referendum.
The former Deputy Prime Minister urged the Registrar of Persons to fast-track delivery of Identification Cards (IDs) to new holders to facilitate mass voter registration ahead of next year’s polls.
He explained that his choice of Nakuru was because of the critical role the vote-rich county plays in national politics and often affected by political intolerance.
If elected, Mudavadi promised to support Nakuru’s growth in tourism, agriculture, and industrialization dreams owing to its rich geothermal energy sources.
Governor Kinyanjui who was elected on a Jubilee ticket acknowledged the need for inter-party talks citing that this was one way of guaranteeing the country peace pre and post-election period.