Kenya: If You Oppose the Finance Bill Don’t Ask for Development – DP Gachagua to MPs

Nairobi — Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has opened up a new controversy after stating that lawmakers opposing the Finance Bill, 2023, should forget about development projects in their constituencies.

The DP who spoke on Sunday during a church service in Narok County to honor Environment Cabinet Secretary Soipan Tuya urged MPs to stop being hypocritical as no development can be spearheaded without taxes.

“There is a lot of incitement around this whole Finance Bill issue. I was in Kitui yesterday and their MP spoke about cessation and people were clapping. And then soon after he was telling me they need roads, where does he expect the money to build roads to come from?”he asked.

“Some of you leaders are lying to Kenyans, but know that if your MP is opposed to the Finance Bill, they should not ask for roads,” Gachagua added.

Gachagua accused the Azimio La Umoja Coalition of opposing the Finance Bill in order to sabotage the delivery of the Kenya Kwanza Manifesto including employment opportunities and development delivery.

“The government is not interested in pastoralists because they have no pay slip. When Housing Fund contribution starts those without jobs will be employed. Beneficiaries of housing fund are the ordinary people,” said Gachagua.

The Deputy President asserted that the Finance Bill 2023 will be passed in the National Assembly despite the vehement opposition from the Azimio Coalition.

“All this noise will come to an end. Once the Finance Bill is passed our children will get employment. Lies don’t stay for long, within three months all these lies will end,” the DP stated.

This comes even as MPs are set to be put to a test after President William Ruto agreed with the open vote on the Finance Bill 2023 proposed by the Azimio La Umoja Coalition.

As the opposition coalition defended open voting on the tax bill to expose legislators who will expose Kenyans to more taxes, President Ruto wants it open to reveal MPs who will deny hustlers employment hinged on the Housing Fund.

“I agree that every MP should be known on which side he has voted on. I am waiting for the MPs who will vote against the government agenda to give this youth employment who overwhelmingly voted for them,” said Ruto.

The President who was speaking in Narok during service held to honor Environment Cabinet Secretary Soipan Tuya said it will be selfish for MPs to shoot down the Finance Bill so as to cushion themselves from taxes.