Kenya Members of Parliament have been urged to shoot down the now controversial Finance Bill 2023/24. Kisumu County Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili has made an impassioned appeal to the legislators saying the Bill is retrogressive and would hurt Kenyans a great deal.
Owili similarly impressed upon Kenyans from across the political divide to resist attempts aimed at imposing the bill down their throats.
He said the bill will make Kenyan even poor since it will lead to an unprecedented increase in the cost of living.
He said some Kenyans are about to retire and do not need the housing funds. The DG said some Kenyans are about to retire and do not need the housing fund.
He said the government ought to have explored other revenue avenues such as the National Social Security Fund, the pension schemes, LAPTRUST and LAPFUND instead of affecting the 3% on workers incomes.
Owili who was speaking in Nyakach Sub-County during a cultural day said MPs should reject the bill since it is unpopular among all Kenyans.
“The voice of people is the voice of goal,” he said.
Owili said MPs should do away with the bill once and for all. He said the bill was suspect since it is another avenue for grand corruption.
Also present were Nyakach MP Aduma Owuor and wife to former Primier Raila Odinga and members of the county assembly.
Owuor said the Azimio brigade will vote against the bill once it is brought on the floor of the house. He said the offensive document has not been subjected to public participation among Kenyans whom he said will be affected directly.
Azimio leader Raila Odinga has told his supporters to be ready for another round of protests over the bill and the stalled bipartisan talks. Odinga has accused the Kenya Kwanza side of insincerity over the failed talks.
Earlier Owili made an impassioned appeal to Mama Ida to have a motherly heart and forgive leaders who have openly sided with the Kenya Kwanza government.
“We know mama that you have been betrayed but find place in your heart and accommodate them since all children are not the same,” he said.
Mama Ida urged members of the Luo community to preserve their culture. She lauded the local leadership for organizing the event.
Mama Ida also decried high teenage pregnancies and called for intervention aimed at reversing the trend. She said the trend, if allowed to persist would lead to mass drop outs among school girls.