More Drama Expected as Muturi Nullifies Fuel Tax vote

Speaker Muturi orders fresh voting on Uhuru's tax proposal after mistake detected

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has nullified the first round of voting on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tax proposal on fuel after an anomaly was detected in the first round.

The Speaker said the screens in the National Assembly showed there were 352 MPs in the House yet the parliamentarians are 349.

The MPs are now set to vote afresh on the 8 percent Value Added Tax on petroleum products proposed by President Kenyatta.

“I have contacted the ICT desk to ensure that the mistake doesn’t occur again. I propose to suspend the sitting for 15 minutes,” said Muturi.

The first round of voting was characterised by high voltage drama after a section of MPs opposing the fuel levy failed to raise the required quorum of 233 members to shoot down the proposed tax measures.

Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang accused National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale of leading a section of MPs in walking to frustrate attempts to veto President Kenyatta’s proposal.

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