Azimio Threatens Demonstrations Over New Taxation Measures in Finance Bill 2024

Ezra Manyibe | 2 months ago
File image of Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka. |Photo| Courtesy|

The Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party has raised concerns over the new proposed taxation measures within the Finance Bill 2024 tabled before the National Assembly.

Speaking during a Church service in Tassia, Embakasi East on Sunday, May 12, 2024, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka threatened to resume demonstrations should the bill sail through parliament as is.

The Azimio co-principal asked President William Ruto's administration to stick to the Kenya Kwanza manifesto to ensure a reduced cost of living.

This comes after the Finance Bill 2024 proposed an increment in taxation of basic commodities such as bread.

"Besides boda boda's tax going up, even bread tax has gone up. Now imagine, if you deny a Kenyan child bread, what are you doing?" he challenged.

"They are even saying that civil servants will be signing a contract. We are not mad people, we just love our country and want people to live in peace."

Kalonzo stated that the opposition would not hesitate to lead Kenyans back into the streets to protect their Constitutional rights.

Speaking at the same service, NARC Kenya leader Martha Karua reiterated that the taxation was too much for Kenyans to bear.

"The tax must be paid because the government needs development but you cannot charge the tax to the point of making food inaccessible.

"You cannot tax so much to cause children from poor households to sleep hungry and fail to go to school," she said.

Kalonzo further challenged the Church to pray for the opposition, which he claims is constantly attacked and threatened. He also asked for prayers for the Kenya Kwanza regime whose "appetite for excessive taxation and laxity in responding to crises" continues to endanger Kenyans' lives.

The Finance Bill proposed a 2.5 per cent annual tax on motor vehicle owners paid at the time of insuring. The bill proposes a Ksh5,000 minimum pay and a maximum of Ksh100,000.

Bread prices are expected to rise by up to Ksh10 should VAT be raised to 16% as proposed in the bill.

The bill also proposes a raft of taxation measures that would affect Kenyan boda boda operators.

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