Rejecting Uhuru's memo is like changing Constitution - Speaker Muturi on tax law
3 months ago, 22 Sep 18:58
- Muturi said rejecting President's memo is akin to changing constitution
- He distanced himself from the fracas witnessed in Parliament saying his role is to preside over debate
- During passing the contentious Bill, there were claims of vote rigging
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has distanced himself from the shambolic session on Thursday, September 20, during which MPs controversially adopted Finance Bill 2018.
The heated debate that surrounded among other tax proposals the 8% Value Added Tax on petroleum products was presided over by Narok Women Representative Soipan Tuya who was overwhelmed with the push and pull in the House.
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Reacting to a series of tweets by Nairobi lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi on Saturday, September 22, Muturi defended the voting process and passing of the Bill saying his role is limited to over sighting.
Despite the debate generating into an ugly scene of shouts and chaos among opposing and proposing MPs with vote manipulation claims, Muturi maintains the passage of any law in one way or the other requires strategy.
Both ODM leader Raila and President Uhuru Kenyatta summoned their troop to pass the contentious Bill, though quiet a number of legislators openly voiced their contrary opinions both before and during debate.
This after Uhuru had written a memo to Muturi, proposing few amendments on fuel tax.
But the Speaker said rejecting such memo not only require tact but is kin to changing the Constitution.
Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo who openly declared she opposed the president's proposal complained to Muturi that some of her counterparts had been in the House before the vote but left immediately the poll began bringing confusion on how the quorum would be determined.
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