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September 18, 2018

Rotich holds crisis meeting with Muturi, Duale on fuel tax

Petrol tankers are seen parked along the roadside during the beginning of an indefinite strike in the industrial area, Nairobi, Kenya September 3, 2018. /REUTERS
Petrol tankers are seen parked along the roadside during the beginning of an indefinite strike in the industrial area, Nairobi, Kenya September 3, 2018. /REUTERS

Treasury CS Henry Rotich on Thursday held a crisis meeting with the National Assembly leadership over the 16 per cent fuel tax.

The closed-door meeting was convened in one of the committee rooms in Parliament.  

He was with Attorney General Paul Kihara, and deputy chief of staff Njee Muturi.

Speaker Justin Muturi, Majority Leader Aden Duale and Budget Committee Chairman Kimani Ichung'wa were in attendance.

Rotich, speaking after the meeting, said they sought to settle the issues arising from the fuel tax imposed on September 1.

"We have held discussions with the leadership of Parliament and we will have more engagements to find a solution."

For his part, Muturi said they will hold more meetings with the Executive over the matter.

"This is our first meeting and moving forward, we will hold more discussions," the speaker said.

He did not divulge details of some of the measures the government intends to take to resolve the fuel price row.

The 16% VAT saw fuel prices rise to Sh128.7 in Nairobi and Sh140 in Mandera.

More of this read: The origin of VAT on petroleum products

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