Drama as Kenyans Roast Raila’s Spokesman after He Dared MP Otiende Amolo to Resign Over Tax Issue

Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo has offered to resign following ODM’s support for the 8% VAT on petroleum products, which was approved during a chaotic special sitting of the National Assembly.

Amollo took to Twitter to express his disgust after those opposed to the fuel tax failed to raise the requisite two thirds majority or support of 233 MPs amid apparent manipulation of the process both by parliamentary bureaucrats and the political leadership across the divide,

Temporary Speaker Soipan Tuya also came under fire after declaring the Ayes had won while it was clear the Nays shouted more during voting by acclamation.

In the second vote, those in support carried the day as there were only 215 MPs present which meant the issue could not be taken to a vote.

“My Conscience ins Clear! We said a Resounding No! The Speaker heard a YES! An August House Indeed!…Disgrace!” Amollo tweeted.

Matters took a turn for the worst when ODM leader Raila Odinga’s spokesperson Dennis Onyango challenged the MP to resign and seek a fresh mandate since his views were not consistent with those of the party.

As Onyango insisted on his stand despite one respondent taking issue with his stand given his position in the party, Amollo said he would take up the challenge if he is formally instructed to do so.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has already signed the Finance Bill 2018, which also, among others, enhances tax on airtime, internet bundles, M-Pesa and ATM transactions.

Speaking after signing the Bill, President Uhuru assured Kenyans that the money will be prudently used, saying he would sustain the war against corruption.

“I give my commitment that I will ensure proper utilisation of public resources for a better Kenya,” he said.

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