Sunday 23, September 2018 by Bloomberg

Kenyan lawmakers approve new tax on fuel products, speaker rules

 

The Kenyan parliament voted in favour of an eight per cent value-added tax on petroleum products.

The Kenyan parliament voted in favour of an eight per cent value-added tax on petroleum products, its speaker said, despite claims by some legislators opposed to the levy that the motion was defeated.

Justin Muturi said that while records showed there were 352 lawmakers in parliament, while constitutionally only 349 seats are available, he’d uphold a vote by acclamation that passed the clause.

“The clause, which was under consideration at that point, was carried,” Muturi said to shouts of zero, in reference to 0 per cent VAT. “We will proceed with the next order.”

While the government initially wanted a VAT rate of 16 per cent, President Uhuru Kenyatta was forced to slash it to eight per cent after many Kenyans complained the levy introduced on 1 September was too onerous.

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