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New Excise Duty Act will oppress ordinary citizens

03 December 2015, 12:22 Joseph Njung'eh

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has been asked to stop the implementation of the new Excise Duty Act since it will escalate cost of living in the country.

Kieni MP, Kanini Kega said the Act will oppress ordinary citizens as increased prices of fuel will affect all other goods and services.

Speaking at his office in Mweiga town after a meeting with boda boda operators, the MP said the Presidential advisers should rethink the Act.

He complained that as the new Act takes effect, cost of imported motorcycles will go up by KES 10 000, diesel fuel by KES 3.7 while that of petrol will go up by KES 10.3.

Read Also: Government plans to raise tax on basic commodities

“The boda boda sector has created employment for thousands of youths. This is a sector that should be protected as government thinks of creating more areas of employment for the young people,” said Kega.

He expressed concerns that the new Act will lead to increase in insecurity as many youths who would be rendered jobless will engage in criminal activities.

“Motorcycles were costing around KES 93 000 but the price will shoot up to over KES 100 000. This is not the best idea for a developing country,” said Kega.

Though development is needed, he said, increasing tax for common goods was not a well-informed move by the National Treasury.

A boda boda operator, Mwangi Maina asked government to improve roads in rural areas as he lamented that the motorcycles were breaking down due to poor road networks.

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