By ALEX NDEGWA
MPs have stepped up pressure on Government over the controversial Financial Bill ahead of Tuesday reopening of Parliament.
The Bill has been pending since last June.
Committee Chairman Elias Mbau said the Bill, which the Executive has withdrawn three times to shield banks from an amendment seeking to cap interest rates, is long overdue.
The MPs argue Parliamentâs Permission to allow Treasury to collect new taxes expired on December 31, last year pending enactment of the Bill that details tax changes.
Hence, they say, all additional taxes collected since then are illegal. Gwasi MP John Mbadi claimed experts estimate this amount at Sh5 billion.
"The continued collection of illegal taxes by the Government smacks of great indiscipline on the part of the Treasury and is a bad practice since all revenue should be collected within the law," Mbau told a news conference at Parliament Buildings Thursday.
The committee gave a similar deadline for submission of the supplementary Budget, alleging to a scheme by the Government to have the House rubberstamp the expenditure spent outside the two months stipulated in the Constitution.
And Mbau explained the committee would also seek an extension of time to review the Budget Policy Statement to uphold Parliamentâs role in the planning of this yearâs Budget.
"The committee is aware that Treasury would wish to circumvent the duty of Parliament to inform and contribute to the budget process through the Budget Policy Statement by ensuring that they didnât submit the policy paper until Parliament went on recess," Mbau said.