Raila Odinga Junior Pokes Holes in NASA's Statement

  • Raila Odinga Junior on Tuesday criticized the statement put out by NASA declaring conditional support for President Uhuru Kenyatta's memorandum to Parliament cutting VAT on fuel from 16 to 8 percent.

    NASA noted that they would only support the VAT for a period of one year among other conditions.

    The statement did, however, not augur well with a section of Kenyans including Raila Junior who expressly stated that he was not convinced by the coalition's move.

    "None of the conditions they’ve put up is measurable and even if they were, they are nowhere near closing the deficit on the debt," he noted.

    He further called on his area MP Kibra's Kenneth Okoth to reject the position by the party.

    The Parliamentary Group of the National Super Alliance met on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Party Leader Rt. Hon Raila Odinga and made key proposals to resolve the current situation.

    "If the government makes a genuine effort to implement those proposals, we will agree to sit down and negotiate the extension of VAT for another year if that will still be necessary.

    "NASA believes that if these proposals are implemented, there will be no need for extension of VAT beyond one year. However, if nothing is done on these proposals, NASA will move a motion in the next budget to scrap VAT on fuel entirely like it did this time," Minority Whip Junet Mohamed conveyed.

    Among the proposals made by NASA include; taming the government's appetite for loans, implementing austerity measures to reduce on government spending; reviving the fight on corruption by ensuring successful convictions; reform the banking sector and tax collection in the country.

    corruption fight