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Sakaja and Murkomen clash on Twitter
By Vincent Kejitan | Updated Sep 03, 2018 at 09:30 EAT
Johnson Sakaja and Kipchumba Murkomen

Sakaja urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to assent to the Amendment exempting fuel from tax

Murkomen reminded him that he (Sakaja) once warned him against inciting Kenyans

Senators Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi) and Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet) on Sunday had contrasting opinions regarding the exemption of tax on fuel.

Through a Twitter post, Sakaja urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to assent to the Amendment exempting fuel from tax but Murkomen reminded him that he (Sakaja) once warned him against inciting Kenyans.

“Dear @UKenyatta kindly assent to the Amendment exempting fuel from VAT. #PunguzaBeiYaMafuta the gain in tax revenue is much less than the goodwill of Kenyans in the fight against corruption (where we are losing much more).

“If anything, we should entirely do away with VAT on fuel,” wrote Sakaja.

Murkomen responded by saying: “I agree with you Hon.Sakaja on this. But remember you issued a statement publicly when I visited the people of MAU against this approach.

“In your own words you warned me against “inciting Kenyans against Uhuru’s initiatives” coz it is “...disingenuous, underhand disrespectful.”

The Nairobi Senator was not done yet as he reminded Murkomen that his statement was against what President Kenyatta had already done.

“A world of difference between us. Your statement was against what @UKenyatta had already done. Mine is urging him to do..to assent to the amendment by National Assembly.

“You said people are being kicked out because of the handshake . Disingenuous, underhand and disrespectful! Maintained Sakaja.

Netizens were impressed by his response, lauding him as one of the most sensible politicians around.

Here are some of the reactions:

Both are cheap tackles. we reached here in terms of debt and taxation because the duo of Kipchumba and Sakaja failed in their oversight duties. Spare us the cheap thrills. Any sane kenyan will not buy such....— Victor Oria (@Nyuka_Bel) September 2, 2018

The cost of electricity more than tripled effective August. As Churchill said, a country that imagines it can tax itself rich is like a man who imagines he can get into a bucket and lift himself up by the handle— Moses Njenga (@mosesnjai) September 2, 2018

Anyone who was in the last parliament should not talk anything about the VAT. You passed it.. You postponed it to 2018 why act surprised like everyone else?— Frank Ndege ? (@itsndege) September 2, 2018

The Mau squatters are equally important to the nation. But let's deal with this matter of 16% VAT burden first. It is important Sir.— Philip Etale (@EtalePhilip) September 2, 2018

MAU and VAT is like oil and water.— george kenyan (@KenyanGeorge) September 2, 2018

He is appealing to the president with use of words like 'kindly' whereas you were issuing ultimatums— Timothy Kipkirui ???? (@TimothyKipkirui) September 2, 2018

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