“We’ll return to the streets!”- Kalonzo warns over Finance Bill 2024

“We’ll return to the streets!”- Kalonzo warns over Finance Bill 2024

Azimio co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka has threatened to organize nationwide demonstrations over the proposed Finance Bill 2024.

He was speaking today (Wednesday, May 15) after the Azimio parliamentary group meeting, dubbed Azimio Legislative Workshop.

Musyoka told President William Ruto that Kenyans would not sit as members of parliament approve the ‘punitive’ Bill.

“As a coalition, we are ready to go back to the streets if that is what it takes. I hope you are bold enough. Be ready ladies and gentlemen.

“If you feel a little weak that you think you can’t withstand another round of demonstrations, then go eat something strong because we need you and this country needs you,” he asserted.

On the top of their agendas at that meeting was the Finance Bill 2024 and National Dialogue Committee report.

The Finance Bill 2024, which was published on May 9, is due for public participation ahead of its tabling in the National Assembly for debate.

Senators and members of parliament from Azimio were today briefed by the coalition’s economic council on controversial aspects of the Bill.

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Secretary General Edwin Sifuna said the workshop was important to empower lawmakers form strong opposition against it during the debate.

The proposed 2.5 percent motor vehicle tax is already eliciting mixed reactions from Kenyans and the political divide.

According to the Bill, each motor vehicle will pay at least KSh5,000 annual tax and a maximum of KSh100,000.

Kenyans will also pay more for mobile money transactions as government plans to increase taxes on telcos such as M-Pesa and mobile banking.

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