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Mudavadi criticises new taxes on cooking gas, promises war on graft

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By Kennedy K Gachuhi | July 4th 2021

ANC Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi flanked by other leaders at Nakuru Nyayo Garden during his two-day tour in the county. [Harun Wathari, Standard]

Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi has criticised the government over new taxes slapped on Kenyans under the recently passed Finance Bill 2021.

Mudavadi who is in Nakuru County for a two-day tour took issue with the introduction of new taxes on LPG which will see the price of the 6kg cylinder shoot up by Sh350.

"I am shocked at the recently passed Finance Bill that has seen the price of cooking gas increased due to taxes. This negates our aim of fully transitioning to use of petroleum gas at homes," said Mudavadi. 

Reiterating that he will be on the presidential ballot in the 2022 General Election, Mudavadi said he will intensify the war against graft which, according to him, has a direct impact on taxation. 

"If given a chance to lead this country, I promise Kenyans I will ensure our taxes are reduced. I will selflessly deal with corruption that has overburdened our people,” said Mudavadi. 

Musalia Mudavadi called on the government to review taxation. [Harun Wathari, Standard]

During the address, Mudavadi launched a charm offensive seeking the backing of residents and local leaders for his 2022 presidential bid. 

He will today attend two church services in Nakuru town, meet elders from different communities and later pay a visit to Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama at his London residence. 

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, who was elected on a Jubilee ticket, acknowledged the need for inter-party talks saying this was one way of guaranteeing the country peace before and after elections. 

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, who threw his weight behind Mudavadi’s candidature, called on national leaders to have sober discussions before the next polls. 

The leaders were accompanied by Nakuru Speaker Joel Kairu, MPs Sakwa Bunyasi (Nambale), Kassim Tandaza (Matuga), Tindi Mwale (Butere), and several ward representatives.

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