Busia Senator Okiya Omutatah has told President William Ruto not to be misled by his Kenya Kwanza allies regarding the Finance Bill 2023.
Okiya was addressing an interdenominational prayer service which was attended and graced by the president at Busia Stadium when he urged the president to consider both the merits and demerits of the proposed Bill to the low – income earning Kenyan citizens.
The Senator pleaded with president Ruto not to be misled by his allies that the bill was good for Kenya; insisted that the bill is violating some aspects of the laws. “These people should not lie to you Mr. president that everything is fine! The negative things therein, many go against the constitution.” He said.
Senator Omutatah went ahead to urge and plead with the president to revise the constitutional violating aspects of the bill, failure to which he will proceed to court to petition the Bill. “I am fully set and ready with my petition to go to court, I plead with you to relook at the Bill to avoid fights between us in the court of law.” He noted.
Azimio la Umoja (One Kenya Alliance) governor Honourable Ochilo Ayako Mbogo has also urged the Azimio members of Parliament to turn down the bill in the Parliament, arguing that the economy is not very much impressing and such Bills may worsen the situations at it stands. Governor Ayako added that there will be no additional taxes in his County government should even the bill be passed.
A section of the Bill which has caused debates among Kenyans is the mandatory Housing Funds. However, the Kenya Kwanza legislators led by the majority leader Kimani Ichungwa have vowed to defend the Bill and promised the president that they are committed and ready to pass the Bill once it lands in the Parliament.