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MP asks govt to reverse VAT bills

09 September 2013, 16:01 Arap Yego

Bungoma - A legislator from Bungoma County has asked the Jubilee government to reconsider and reverse the recently adopted tax bills levied on essential commodities in the country.

Kimilili MP Suleiman Murunga said the new Value Addded Tax (VAT) regime on commodities is out of reach for many ordinary members of the public, majority of whom live below the poverty line.

New tax bills impoverishing already poor Kenyans

“Taxes should not be like a burden to citizens of a country. The newly adopted tax bills are already hurting and further impoverishing already poor Kenyans,” said the lawmaker.

The Ford Kenya MP revealed that he will lobby his like-minded colleagues in the national assembly to seek a reversal of the tax bills, which he noted is hurting all Kenyans across the political divide.

“Our CORD leader Raila Odinga has been on record calling for the reduction of VAT from 16 percent to 14 percent. As representatives of the people, we will take the crusade even to our colleagues aligned to the government because this is a matter affecting all those we represent majority of whom are poor,” said Murunga.

The Kimilili MP condemned the new tax bill which he noted was hurriedly implemented by some forces within the government that are hell bent on making the lives of Kenyans harder, and even contributed to the reluctance and half-hearted stance of the government to fully embrace devolution.

The lawmaker was speaking to journalists over the weekend in Kamukuywa in his constituency during after the funeral of an employee of Nzoia Sugar Company.

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