In Summary
  • Majority leader Aden Duale confirmed on Thursday evening that the Bill was presented to President Kenyatta.

  • The presentation of the Bill came after a section of MPs pointed the accusing finger at National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, saying he took too long to submit it.

  • The Bill was amended by MPs to suspend the implementation of the tax and remove two other government revenue streams - one a fee on salaried workers to fund housing scheme and another a fee on high bank transactions.

  • If Uhuru assents to the Bill, the VAT will be suspended, bringing down the cost of fuel.

Parliament has presented to President Uhuru Kenyatta the Finance Bill passed two weeks ago for the 16 per cent VAT on petroleum products to be suspended.

Majority leader Aden Duale confirmed on Thursday evening that the Bill was presented to President Kenyatta.

“We took the bill to the President for assent this evening.” Mr Duale told the Nation.

DELAY

The law states that within 14 days after receipt of a Bill, the President shall assent to it or refer it back to Parliament for reconsideration.

If the President refers a Bill back for reconsideration, Parliament may amend it in light of the President’s reservations or pass it a second time without amendment.

If Parliament amends the Bill fully accommodating the President’s reservations, the Speaker shall re-submit it to him for assent.

In passing the Bill on August 30, Members of Parliament deferred the charging of the 16 per cent VAT for two years up to 2020.

The presentation of the Bill came after a section of MPs pointed the accusing finger at National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, saying he took too long to submit it.

Minority Leader John Mbadi earlier said: “There is no justification at all for why the Bill is still in Parliament. It should be taken to the President to either assent to it or refer it back to the House with a memorandum. I find it dishonest and immoral for Parliament to continue holding the Bill while people are suffering."

He added: “I don’t want to be part of a leadership that does not listen to the voice of Kenyans that has been so loud."

SUFFERING

The Minority Leader further said the delay in submitting the Bill can only be interpreted to mean that Parliament is colluding with the Executive to subject Kenyans to a lot of suffering.

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