“Under the din of political noise, it’s a win for those of us who remained sober throughout.”
Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen had a similar view: “We must work together to find solutions & for the best interest of country."
While Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina sympathised with poor Kenyans who are going to bear the brunt of the tax, he blamed voters for their political choices.
“You know choices have consequences. When Kenyans were saying ‘tano tena’ (Jubilee Party's campaign slogan in 2017) they should have known this was going to happen!” he tweeted.
Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, on his part, wanted the tax to be spread so that poor Kenyans can be cushioned.
“Our neighbours are at 18% VAT on everything; at 18% you have spread the pain so well so that no one can point out a specific item. That’s an option,” he said.
But Engineer Ibrahim thinks otherwise.
He believes the new tax has everything to do with Jubilee government's big appetite for loans, especially those from Beijing.
“Finance bill 2018 is bill that was meant to please China and others. The president wanted to show those countries that they can generate a lot of revenue so they may be given loans again…!”
For Baba Leo & Leila, the new tax is not bad if the revenue collected is put to good use.
“The finance bill 2018 is not bad, the problem is that half of the money will end up in people's pockets leaving Kenyans poorer,” he said.
But there are those who believe Mr Kenyatta, being one of the richest Kenyans, does not care about the poor.
Like Henry M. K: “Whose interest does the president serve when he refuses to hear the cry of Kenyans regarding the contentious finance bill?
And for Owino Kotieno, Kenyans’ hopes lie with their MPs
“Uhuru Kenyatta has just thrown Kenyans under the bus. Now is the time for those legislators who were mourning more than the bereaved to step in regardless of their party differences and 'Unveto' the 2018 Finance bill. 16% of VAT is just punitive!”