Uhuru’s proposed changes to the controversial Finance Bill 2018 sailed through amid protest from MPs over the conduct of Speaker Justin Muturi and Majority Leader Aden Duale.
Kenyans will now start experiencing high cost of living after the lawmakers voted for Uhuru’s proposals on tax levy.
Mkarimu media learnt that 215 MPs turned up to vote on the memorandum against the required minimum of 233 members that would have translated to two – thirds of all the 349.
Reports indicates that the voting exercises was not transparent as the voting systems indicated there were 352 members in the house while Parliament has a maximum of 349 MPs.
The results and MPs disagreement led to a heated drama in Parliament that disappointed majority of Kenyans.
The sailing through of the President’s proposals is expected not only to rise price if petroleum products but will also affect other sectors.
Sending money via mobile money transfer service will be more as the charges will be raised.
It will also be painful withdrawing cash from an ATM, transferring money from your bank account into your mobile money wallet or just depositing a banker’s cheque for your child’s school fees after the Government proposed doubling taxes on all bank as well as mobile money transactions.
Time spent on Facebook, WhatsApp or Twitter will be more precious, as tax changes will see the cost of Internet bundles go up.
Cries will also be heard in rural areas as Uhuru increases the tax on kerosene, making cooking and lighting for millions of poor rural folk an expensive affair.
Kenyans on social media commented on the move by MPs to vote for the President’s proposals with majority arguing that the President has failed to hear the plea of Kenyans.