BABU OWINO’s explosive letter to President UHURU KENYATTA that is going viral on social media


Monday, September 03, 2018 - Embakasi East MP, Babu Owino, has penned an explosive missive to President Uhuru over the 16% VAT on fuel.

This has seen fuel prices go through the roof and the domino effect is that poor Kenyans who are already struggling will have to dig deeper into their wallets to make ends meet.

The youthful legislator has urged the President to ascent to the amended Finance Bill 2018 that suspended the implementation of the 16% VAT on fuel for two years.

Read the explosive letter below.

Your Excellency,

I recall vividly that just over a month ago you made the prudent decision to suspend new projects until old projects are completed. 

While some circles were critical of this decision, as a young Parliamentarian, I welcomed it as a move that would instill discipline in the Executive arm of Government while ensuring tax payers’ money is well spent and accounted for.

I also felt that the country had already over extended itself in terms of large capital intensive projects and needed some time to offset existing debt before moving on to new initiatives.

I have since then followed the trajectory of the nation’s financial management over the past few weeks with consternation. I note that during your visit to the US, it was made public that your government is borrowing the sum equivalent of 450 billion shillings for the construction of a six lane highway from Mombasa to Nairobi.

I further note that in your visit to China, your government has taken on a further 380 billion shillings in debt for the construction of Phase 2A of the Standard Gauge Railway from Naivasha to Kisumu. This totals close to a TRILLION shillings in new debt in the span of ten days.

During this period, we have seen the Treasury Secretary, Henry Rotich, purport to implement an illegal tax on the people of Kenya no doubt to finance our growing debt obligations. I do not hesitate to call the tax illegal because Parliament voted to amend the Finance Bill and suspend the implementation of the proposed sixteen percent value added tax on fuel.

Parliament is the supreme law making organ of the land as per the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and as such any attempt by the Executive to levy a tax not approved by the August House is both illegal and unconstitutional.

I therefore write to...

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