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Moses Kuria’s interview elicits hot debate online
By Fay Ngina | Updated Sep 12, 2018 at 22:48 EAT
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Gatundu MP Moses Kuria caused mixed reactions among Kenyans on social media after his remarks during a live interview by Citizen TV

The MP was called among others, Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale and Public Policy Analyst Dr. Alex Awiti to discuss on the 16 per cent tax on fuel

Gatundu South Member of Parliament (MP) Moses Kuria caused mixed reactions among Kenyans on social media after his remarks during a live interview by Citizen TV on Tuesday 11 September. 

The MP was called among others, Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale and Public Policy Analyst Dr. Alex Awiti to discuss on the 16 per cent tax on fuel.

Kuria had earlier posted on his Facebook page saying that he fully supports the 16% VAT tax on fuel.

“Yes. I am supporting 16% VAT on fuel. I am not ashamed of it. I am not pretentious. And yes I know I will lose some of my friends and supporters. But my principles are more important to me as a Christian, a leader and a man who went to the river and not for fetching water to build a mud-walled house,” said Moses.

During the interview, he pointed out that the VAT will not affect other basic commodities such as maize and wheat flour citing that the ‘basic commodities are zero-rated’.

“There is no VAT on maize floor and wheat flour. The basic commodities are zero-rated. Even if the VAT is implemented on fuel, the basis consumption products are zero-rated. What would we say if there was VAT on unga?” he said.

“Paying taxes is sacred. We are shooting ourselves in the foot if we deny government the right to levy taxes,” he added.

However, some netizens who were keen to listen to his remarks noted a number of things, with some alleging that he was not sober during the interview.

Boni Khalwale also pointed out at some point that an alcohol blow should have been placed at the door of the studio.

Kuria’s remarks sparked some sort of controversy among Kenyans and this is what some of them had to say;


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