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Do cows drink petrol? Ruto warns butchers against increasing meat prices

By Vincent Kejitan | September 25th 2018

Deputy President William Ruto on Monday warned butchers against increasing the price of meat due to the 8% VAT on all petroleum products.

Speaking during a function in Nandi County, the DP warned businessmen against taking advantage of the current situation to fleece Kenyans.

“If tax has been reduced from 16% to 8% and your initial bus fare was Ksh100, you should now pay Ksh108, not 200.

“We should join hands and chase away these criminals.

“Some butchers have also increased the price of meat because of VAT. Do cows drink petrol?” asked the DP.

Last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the Finance Bill 2018 into law, a move opposed by a majority of Kenyans.

According to the DP, the new taxes are meant to aid in accomplishing various goals in line with the President’s Big Four Agenda but businessmen should not take this opportunity to take advantage of their customers.

Last week Ruto stated that the National Transport and Safety Authority had been asked to take action against matatus that will be found exploiting Kenyans and their operating licenses will be cancelled.

"It is healthy that we all make our contribution and work together towards building bridges of friendship, brotherhood, and unity,” he added.

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