Tuesday, May 9, 2023 –Kenya Kwanza government has continued piling pressure on Kenyans to brace themselves for a ‘taxful’ future.
Kericho County Senator Aaron Cheruiyot has today Tuesday May 9 discussed that the tax matter as drafted in the Finance Bill 2023 will stand that way as long as the long-term goal is to free the country from more external loans.
To him, Kenyans would rather be taxed highly than to remain in the debt-strain environment, forever.
“Any conversation on taxes without an accurate referral to the Debt strain Kenya is facing is idle talk that should be ignored. Whether from the opposition or the media, what the country needs is a dose of reality on how steep the climb is, not cheap brownie points,” he pointed out.
His counterpart from Nandi, Samson Cherargei, tweeting from elsewhere supported his remark by saying that not even a comma will be amended in the proposed Finance Bill of 2023.
He added that the August House remains with no other alternative but to pass it as it is without changing anything.
This, he said is meant to move the country from continued borrowing that seems to have stalled country’s progress.
“On the Finance Bill 2023, the decision to pass by Parliament is not optional where even coma shall not be amended because we either borrow more or raise our revenue through taxation. The serious public debt of sh 10 trillion was put by Handshake government of Uhuru/ Tinga that the Kenyans are paying heavily now,” the Nandi senator said.
He wondered why the opposition remained quiet when this borrowing spree was taking place in the Uhuru Kenyatta’s regime.
“Tinga did not raise an objection in Handshake governemnt yet he was senior advisor to Uhuru then this hypocrisy should stop. This is because no new taxes are being introduced in the country. Kulipa ushuru ni kujitegemea!” he said.
He was reacting to Raila’s Monday May 8 demands that the Kenya Kwanza government was driving the country to higher taxes than ever before.
Odinga termed this move of overtaxing Kenyans as a ‘piece of punishment’ and, therefore, threatened to stall the whole process through his Azimio coalition MPs.