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House leaders deliberately sitting on Bill shelving fuel tax, Mbadi claims

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Minority leader John Mbadi on Thursday raised concern over what he termed as “a deliberate decision by the National Assembly leadership to sit on the Financial Bill, 2018, as Kenyans suffer”.

Mbadi said the minority side is reading dishonesty by the delay to forward Finance Bill 2018 to President Uhuru Kenyatta for his assent.

Speaking at his office, Mbadi said the delay is unjustified and called on Speaker Justin Muturi to fast-track the process to save millions of suffering Kenyans.

“We passed this Bill on August 30, which was exactly two weeks ago. The information I get is that the Bill is yet to be taken to the President and that is worrying,” Mbadi said.

“I want to tell the Speaker and the clerk that there is no justification at all for the Bill to be still here in Parliament.”

However, the law is silent on the timelines within which a Bill should be taken to the President for his signature.

“I find it dishonest for Parliament to continue holding this Bill when Kenyans are expectant.”

The Suba South legislator, who doubles up as opposition’s ODM national chairman, said Parliament should respect the voice of Kenyans through their elected leaders.

He claims some National Assembly leaders are playing political games with the Bill to buy time as government figures out options to circumvent the controversial fuel tax.

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“We are exercising delegated authority, Kenyans have spoken loudly. Who are we to have second thoughts and to continue levying the tax? ” he posed.

MPs last month voted to extend the 16% VAT tax on petroleum products for two years. The introduction of the charge has seen fuel prices rise to Sh130 per litre for petrol and almost Sh100 for kerosene.

However, Treasury CS Henry Rotich said consultations on the fuel levy are at advanced stage and the outcome will be announced anytime.

The CS refused to give a specific time frame, but he was at State House on Wednesday to discuss with the President.

The Head of State is to receive the Finance Bill, and if he assents to it, the VAT will be suspended bringing down the cost of fuel.

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Kenya: Tuju Tells Judges Not to Undermine President Kenyatta

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Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju has sensationally warned High Court judges not to ‘frustrate’ the government that offers them ‘protection’.

While speaking in an interview with NTV, the seasoned politician, who also is a Cabinet Secretary without a portfolio reminded the judges that they depend on the same government they were reportedly fighting and frustrating.

“Judges should learn the word ‘interdependence’ because as soon as they finish a ruling, they need policemen to escort them home as guards or drivers. The world is much more complicated. We are a little more humble than the judges who say this is what is, period! If you don’t like it, period!”

His sentiments came a few days after a five-judge bench declared the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) irregular, illegal and unconstitutional.

The BBI bill is considered a brainchild of President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga. It seeks to, among others, change the constitution so as to allow the increase in funding at the grassroots and increase political positions within the executive.

Tuju meanwhile also called out the judges for not respecting the head of state saying that the “High Court judges were not courteous to the President by referring to him as ‘Mr’, and also limiting his powers in his role as a symbol of national unity.

“The judges who ruled on this matter and even insinuated that the President has no say on this matter, I would call it selective reading of a constitution. In Article 10 of the constitution, the President has the responsibility for national unity.”

Justices Teresia Matheka, Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, Jairus Ngaah, and Chacha Mwita – on Thursday, May 13 in a landmark case ruled that the BBI initiative was unconstitutional and that President Uhuru Kenyatta failed to respect, uphold and safeguard the Constitution by initiating a referendum.

Tuju also stressed the President listens to legal advice from his team before speaking.

“The President is the President of the whole country. It is wise that he listens to his legal advisers before he talks about this. When it comes to the court, we have to navigate very carefully,” he said.

Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi responded to Tuju’s sentiments by warning him that Kenya was not the Uganda of the 1970s.

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“Raphael Tuju, hear and get me loud and clear. Your behaviour seems to know no limit. Judges volunteer to serve in an Arm of Government. Their security is not a privilege but a right. This is not the Uganda of the 1970s. Cross that line again and you will live to regret it,” he warned.

In the hard-hitting ruling, the judges singled out multiple legal blunders that President Kenyatta committed in his desire for law reforms.

They said the Head of State made a fatal legal mistake in attempting to change the Constitution through a popular initiative, an avenue that is not available to him.

They also ruled that the BBI constitutional committee, a body created by the president, was illegal, adding that Mr Kenyatta had failed the leadership and integrity test.

They warned that the president could be sued in his personal capacity.

The judgement was arguably the most significant ruling by Kenyan courts since Mr Kenyatta’s election win was nullified in 2017.