Kenyan Presidency and Parliament Disagree on Fuel Tax Bill

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President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, on Thursday defied the Kenyan parliament when he rejected a finance bill that sought to postpone a widely unpopular tax on fuel; the planned move has triggered strikes and public anger.

Parliament will hold a special sitting on the bill on 18 September to reconsider the finance bill “together with the reservations of the president,” said the gazette notice signed by Justin Muturi, the Speaker of the National Assembly.

It did not say why the president rejected the bill as passed by parliament in late August. Kenyatta’s acting spokesperson, Kanze Dena, told Reuters the president would address the country on the matter on Friday.

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His government faced a strike by some fuel dealers, anger among commuters and a lawsuit after it triggered a hike in transport and fuel prices by imposing the 16 percent value added tax on all petroleum products on Sept. 1.

The finance bill that was returned to parliament had also retained a cap on commercial lending rates, after lawmakers amended a move by the finance minister to repeal it. VOAnews

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