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Finance Bill 2018 termed illegal by the High Court

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Treasury CS Henry Rotich has on Wednesday been blamed by the High Court for not following the constitution when presenting the Finance bill 2018.

The High Court judge Wilfrida Okwanya said that a Finance Bill cannot be implemented before it becomes a Finance Act.

Today’s judgment will mean that taxes imposed on importing vehicles, bottled water and mobile money transfers are all unconstitutional.

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Justice Wilfrida stated that a bill should first be presented on the floor of the parliament for debating before a final report is taken to the president who will assent it to law.

Those protesting the tax implementation where the bankers, who termed it illegal as no public participation was done.

The ruling comes at a time when the parliament is going to decide on the proposed 8 percent VAT as said by the president.

Opposition

Leaders from both the opposition and the government had initially vowed to disagree with the president’s proposal.

They jointly said in one voice that as leaders they should first listen to the voice of the Mwananchi. On Monday separate meetings were done by both the president and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

After the meeting, members of both parties agreed to support the president’s proposal come Thursday.

NASA MP’s however said they will support the president’s proposal on conditions. The condition will be that they will support the proposal for a period of 12 months.

During that time, they called on the government to ensure that they are no wastage of resources.

They should also check the hard economic times that Kenyans will be facing and upon expiry of the 12 months, they are calling for a review in the prices and a possible scrap off.

The meeting was attended by all Mp’s allied to NASA including opposition leader Raila Odinga, Wiper leader Kalanzo Musyoka and Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula.

Slavian Mwangecho
Passionate blogger on a day to day activities happening in Kenya, Africa and around the world. A keen follower of the latest news making headlines around the world

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