Kenyans today woke up to a new dawn, fuel prices higher for those using personal cars with those using public transport having to part a few more coins.
Many were caught off-guard as this came just days after Members of parliament sought to delay the proposed 16% VAT on fuel. Through an amendment filed by Minority whip Janet Mohammed through the Finance Bill 2018, the MP’s had sought to suspend the implementation of the new tax by two years.
However, by yesterday the National Treasury Cabinet secretary Henry Rotich dismissed the segments by the MPs saying the increment on fuel prices would kick in from today anyways. The move has resulted to a lot of anger from Kenyans who feel like life is already too expensive with many ODM legislatures threatening to impeach Rotich.
Many people took to twitter to express their displeasure with the move including Nairobi Senator Johnston Sakaja. Here are some of the comments I sampled on twitter;
You people actually queued for hours to vote for Uhuru, Sonko, Sakaja? 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/Nr65h7FfC7
— Ibn Μέσι (@rothsdaddy) September 3, 2018
President Uhuru Kenyatta @UKenyatta let me share with you a little insight, for free. This new VAT on fuel, will rubbish and turn whatever legacy you want to leave behind with your Big Four into an absolute misery for Kenyans. Kenyans will remember you for making them miserable.
— The Charles (@Charles_Warria) September 3, 2018
I agree with you Hon.Sakaja on this. But remember you issued a statement publicly when I visited the people of MAU against this approach. In your own words you warned me against “inciting Kenyans against Uhuru’s initiatives” coz it is “…disingenuous, underhand&disrespectful” https://t.co/i3tqSwP9Qk
— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) September 2, 2018
But why are complaining about the #FuelHike you recently told us we should stop taking development loans from China. That us how the world bank works, they impose unimaginable conditions on you, unlike China. BTW nani anaeza survive bila mkopo hii Kenya.
— Le Prince (@Princeof_Kenya) September 2, 2018
So much to complain about today as a Kenyan, especially with the #FuelHike. All over the radio stations and newspapers. It’s so easy to set the tone for the rest of the month by the tapping into the FEAR and UNCERTAINTY that we have about the cost of living. 🛐 #Thread
— Chiama (@MissChiama) September 3, 2018