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Kenya: It Is Urgent We Bring Ruto Back to Earth – Odinga to Kenyans


Nairobi — Azimio La Umoja Leader Raila Odinga has called on Kenyans to return President William Ruto back to earth by rejecting the excess taxation proposed in the Finance Bill which is set to subject Kenyans to harsh economic times.

Odinga asserted that the proposed taxes in the Finance Bill 2023 has cast aspersions on whether the government understands the issues facing Kenyans.

“Looking at the proposals, one cannot help asking what planet does Ruto live on? Does he understand what Kenyans are going through?” he posed.

“It is urgent that we bring Ruto back to earth because he lives on another planet,” Odinga added.

The Azimio Leader explained that the Finance Bill has exposed the disconnect between what he termed as Ruto’s fantasy and the experiences of ordinary people.

While highlighting significant concerns on the tax bill that have occasioned the zeal for the opposition coalition to oppose it.

Odinga noted that the proposed levies relating to the Income Tax Act, Value Added Tax (VAT) Act, Tax Procedures Act and Excise Duty Act will stifle economic growth in the country.

“We must tell Ruto that when people choose to stay indoors because they want to spend less on expensive goods, it is bad for the economy. And we must tell Ruto that these things are happening now, here in this country,” Odinga said.

Poking holes on the Housing Flagship Project by the government which will require employed Kenyans to part with 3 percent of their salary, Odinga termed it a fantasy dream.