June 24, 2024
"We are ready to go back to the streets ..." - Kalonzo Set To Rally The Opposition Against Finance Bill 2024

“We are ready to go back to the streets …” – Kalonzo Set To Rally The Opposition Against Finance Bill 2024

Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka set to rally MPs from the Azimio opposition alliance to reject the planned Finance Bill 2024 when it is ultimately tabled in parliament, claiming that the measure will only affect Kenyans further.

Speaking on Tuesday at Azimio’s Parliamentary Group meeting in Nairobi, Kalonzo said the law, if implemented as written, will harm ordinary Kenyans due to the punitive tax measures on crucial products. 

Kalonzo stated that the Kenya Kwanza administration will continue to ignore Kenyans’ concerns and enact the Bill as it is, just like they did with the Finance Bill 2023.

“We went to the streets. As a coalition, we are ready to go back to the streets if that is what it takes. And I hope you are bold enough to go and cause aggression on public participation,” Kalonzo said. 

He urged the opposition to be ready to fight for Kenyans this time round, despite President Ruto’s plan to boost taxes to 22% by the time his term comes to an end.

Kalonzo also chastised the government for the phony fertiliser affair, claiming that CS Mithika Linturi should not have escaped responsibility.

He congratulated Azimio members of the special 11-member group for holding firm.

“This thing will not go away. Wait until there is a shortfall in the harvest. Kenyans do not believe the product that came out of the committee,” he added.

The National Treasury has proposed additional taxes on Kenyans in the 2024 Finance Bill, including those on bread and vehicles.

The Bill also grants the Kenya Revenue Authority access to personal data in order to collect more taxes from Kenyans. 

Kenyans and certain politicians, particularly those aligned with the opposition, have already spoken out against the drafted bill. 

“We are ready to go back to the streets …” – Kalonzo Set To Rally The Opposition Against Finance Bill 2024

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