As complaints and frustration about the tax increment on fuel products continues, Deputy President William Ruto has reiterated that the government needs sufficient revenue in order to spur and sustain development all over the country, even though the 16% tax on fuel products will still be reviewed.
Speaking in Kajiado during a goat auction to help families access NHIF cover the Deputy President outlined that the taxpayers’ money is an essential part of the development plan, “We know we must mend our roads, connect residents to electricity and water, take our children to technical training schools, take care of the disabled and these require money,” he said. He said it was already agreed that the country will be built using our own resources, coupled with receiving help from development partners and friends.
However, as he had already pointed out in Marsabit-he said that the issue of the added tax on fuel products will be discussed between the state, MPs and stakeholders so that they can agree on other sources of revenue collection, “We know that tax must be collected. But we must take care of the vulnerable people in the society,” he said. DP Ruto said leaders, including MPs and MCAs, can shoulder the burden of the high taxes, “Those who are able to pay let them pay.”