Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has defied parliament by rejecting a finance bill that sought to postpone a widely unpopular tax on fuel that has triggered strikes and public anger.
the speaker of the national assembly Justin Muturi said the Parliament will hold a special sitting on the bill on September 18th to reconsider the finance bill.
It did not say why the president rejected the bill as passed by parliament in late August. Kenyatta’s acting spokesperson, Kanze Dena, told Reuters the president would address the country on the matter.
His government faced a strike by some fuel dealers, anger among commuters and a lawsuit after it triggered a hike in transport and fuel prices by imposing the 16 percent value added tax on all petroleum products on September 1st.