Deputy President William Ruto’s allies on Monday, April 5, 2021 issued six fresh demands which they claimed important and urgent to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Through their presser, the Tangatanga Members of Parliament urged the president to look into the following issues which they claimed have high priority to Kenyans. Among the issues stipulated include:
That the government to offer stipends of at least Ksh. 3,500 per month household to 4 million households in the country.
That the government to Finance a mass testing and vaccination campaign by allocating a minimum of Ksh. 50 billion from defense budget and the ministry of interior.
That the government to finance the interest waiver and business loans support to affected businesses, they proposed an incentive tax relief for banks and other financial institutions that would waive such interest to affected businesses in their 2020/21 tax returns coupled with the recently procured IMF loan.
That the government to disburse of IMF Loan to be directed to the acquisition of vaccines in an open, cartel-free manner.
That the IMF funds procured be directed to supporting businesses from the bottom of the pyramid in order to achieve the objective of building the economy from the bottom up.
That the government to expand the tax base by bringing more people to the taxpaying bracket and also supporting the most vulnerable businesses.
This comes after reports had emerged indicating that Tangatanga Members of Parliament had planned to address the nation over the high debt and the County’s lockdown.
Former State House Operative Dennis Itumbi had issued a statement complaining that the police had cancelled their planned meeting despite a notice that they had given and vowed that the planned nation address would be held at the roadside.
“The police stopped the press conference by MPs from the Disease Infected Zone (DIZ) initially scheduled to take place at The Social House, Lavington Nairobi.
“MPs and the media were ejected from the hotel. The survival and livelihood issues are a high priority – we will roll out the presser at the roadside,” Itumbi stated.