President Uhuru Kenyatta has thanked the clergy for supporting his war against graft and said the government will be able to deliver quality services to Kenyans by fighting corruption. Speaking at St. Annes Gathinja Catholic Church in Kiharu constituency in Murang’a County, the President said they’ll ensure all public resources are protected and accounted for by those given the mandate to serve in public offices.
The President has established the war against graft as one of his main targets, and he has on more than one occasion said his administration won’t relent when it comes to tackling corruption. Moreover, the Big Four Agenda is one of his main projects, and the leaders present, led by Governor Mwangi Wa Iria and Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka pledged their support and focus to achieve the Big Four Agenda. They also lauded the President’s decision to reduce the fuel VAT by 50%, “The only thing for us to do is to support your agenda of enhancing the lives of Kenyans,” said Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro.
The Finance Bill 2018/2019 was returned to parliament for further consideration by the Head of State. During a national address on Friday, he said the taxation shouldn’t be done away with. Kenyans had decried the heavy burden resulting from the 16% fuel VAT effected by the government but he reiterated that he has to make decisions to balance between short-term pain and long-term pain. Special sitting is scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday this week, and the national assembly is set to deliberate on the President’s proposals.