North Rift leaders endorse Finance Bill after Ruto’s warning

A section of Legislators from the North Rift region is set to vote for the controversial Finance Bill over what they say is standing with President William Ruto in his development agenda.

This comes after President Ruto’s tough declaration on Kenya Kwanza legislators who will not vote for the Bill.

The leaders from the President’s backyard said that they fully support the proposed Finance Bill 2023   adding that the bill will actualize the manifesto of the Kenya Kwanza Government.

“Those who believe in William Ruto know that he can’t take this country to the dogs. The next budget is to be read this month and the finance bill will be the takeoff of this country through the bottom-up transformation agenda. Many Kenyans have faith in President Ruto,” he said.

They said that leaders from the region will do all it takes to pass the bill and make sure the Kenya Kwanza Government stands.

“We have our colleagues whom we told that this is the journey and refused but we know they have seen the light and welcome them now and join us in the Kenya Kwanza bandwagon,” Sigor MP Peter Lochakapong said.

Lochakapong who defended President Ruto noted that he has placed measures in place to take the country forward.

“Let’s support the President. We know about the high cost of living but after the next 6 months things will be okay,” he said.

He said that those opposing the housing levy are not on pay slips.

“Let’s support those not on pay slips and hustlers get houses. Those blessed to work in Government should help others. I heard teachers opposing the bill but the levy is not a tax. It is your money and it will be returned after some years. Cotu Secretary Francis Atwoli has accepted on behalf of other Kenyans and we have accepted on behalf of you people,” he said.

Kapenguria MP Samuel Moroto said they are behind President Ruto because he has initiated many regional development projects.

“All roads that have been opened in this region are brought by William Ruto. The President is prayerful and we know he will make it despite the little challenges,” he said.

Moroto noted that the government is seeking new areas of taxation which will favor the common mwananchi.

“The Government is not overburdening Kenyans and the government has not introduced any new tax. What is happening is that it is no longer using the old way of taxation,” he said.

The leaders spoke in Sigor while inspecting development projects.

The proposed Finance Bill, 2023 has triggered a storm, with hundreds of petitions being sent to Parliament to oppose it.

The individuals and institutions that have opposed it are the Law Society of Kenya, the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, the Federation of Kenya Employers, the Union of Kenya Civil Servants, the Kenya Private Sector Alliance and the Institute of Economic Affairs and Busia Senator Okiya Omutata.

The proposed law, among others, increases the National Hospital Insurance Fund and National Social Security Fund contribution, especially for high earners.

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