Meru MP defends Wanga; when fuel bill was passed, we were the ones controlling Finance Committee

At a time when Homa Bay county Women Representative Gladys Wanga has come under fire for her actions, or rather, her inaction, concerning the parliamentary bill that helped push fuel prices over the roof, Jubilee’s North Imenti member of parliament has now revealed how a combined effort between DP Ruto loyalist and Kipkelion member of parliament Joseph Limo who was the chair of the National Assembly Finance and National Planning Committee at the time, and Henry Rotich, another Ruto ally who was then Treasury’s Cabinet Secretary, was behind the bill that has now resulted in the high prices.

Rahim Abdul Dawood was speaking on K24’s weekly political show Crossfire, which was hosted by Debarl Ainea. Alongside Dawood was the Orange Democratic Movement party member of parliament, Dr. James Nyikal.

Seeking to absolve Gladys Wanga from blame, Dawood, who incidentally, was also a member of the National Assembly Finance Committee made it clear that during the time when the controversial Fuel Bill was passed, the Finance Committee was under the leadership of Joseph Limo.

He disclosed that in fact, when the bill initially came to the house, it proposed a 16% increase on fuel. They rejected this and proposed a 0% charge. He said that when the Bill was however taken back to the president, then Treasury CS Henry Rotich advised Uhuru to reject it. Doing as he had been advised by his minister, Uhuru rejected it and returned it to The House with a an 8% memorandum this time.

Dawood admitted that as they were powerless and unable to overturn the Bill which had now been returned with a memorandum, they gave in.

The cost of goods, transport and electricity is expected to rise in the wake of the sharp rise in fuel prices announced which hit a historic high.

The rise is as a result of increased taxes on all the three products notably VAT, which has gone up to 9.98 per cent on petrol from eight per cent.

This has pushed taxes on Super petrol, commonly used by motorists, to Sh58.81 a litre from a total Sh56.42 per litre in March this year.
The government has also increased taxes on diesel, which is widely used in the transport, agricultural sector and electricity generation, with a litre now attracting a total of Sh46.46 in taxes, up from Sh44.79.

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