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November 19, 2018

Scrap 16% fuel levy, Kenyans are suffering - Atwoli

Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli during a press briefing at the trade union's offices in Nairobi on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. /HEPHZIBAR BUKASU.
Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli during a press briefing at the trade union's offices in Nairobi on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. /HEPHZIBAR BUKASU.

Cotu wants the government to scrap the 16% VAT on petroleum products because it is making life unbearable for Kenyans

Secretary general Francis Atwoli told the press in Nairobi it is wrong for President Uhuru Kenyatta to remain silent when people are suffering.

"Since the President returned from China, the public has been waiting from him to comment on the issue," he said.

Atwoli said the cost of living has gone through the roof.

He wants the government to tax heavily the people deemed to be corrupt.

"We know who have money in their houses and we know who has acquired property through dubious means. Why don't you tax them heavily? We need to look for other means of getting revenue," Atwoli said.

He called on President Uhuru to crack the whip on corrupt individuals, saying Cotu is behind him.

"We are 100 per cent behind the President. We support the handshake between him and opposition leader Raila Odinga and every effort made to fight corruption, "Atwoli said.

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich effected the 16% fuel levy on September 1.

He defied Parliament’s decision on August 29 to suspend the implementation of the levy until September 1, 2020.

The amendment to the Finance Bill, 2018, moved in the National Assembly by Suna East MP Junet Mohamed was meant to cushion Kenyans from the high cost of living.

Read: Hard times ahead as Rotich effects 16% VAT on fuel

See: The origin of VAT on petroleum products

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