Parliament fast-tracks passage of finance bill after Kimunya woos lawmakers

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Parliament fast-tracks passage of finance bill after Kimunya woos lawmakers


Majority Leader Amos Kimunya. PICTURES | NMG

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Summary

  • Parliament has accelerated the passage of the Finance Bill 2022, which aims to impose higher prices on beer, cigarettes, fruit juices and bottled water.
  • The House adjourns indefinitely (sine die) on June 9 to pave the way for the August 9 general election.
  • Garissa Township MP Aden Duale said the reduced publication period would allow the Finance and National Planning Committee chaired by Homa Bay MP Gladys Wanga to consult with Kenyans while lawmakers are on holiday.

Parliament has accelerated the passage of the Finance Bill 2022, which aims to impose higher prices on beer, cigarettes, fruit juices and bottled water.

Majority Leader Amos Kimunya successfully lobbied MPs to reduce the publication period.

“Reducing the publication deadline from 14 to four days will make it easier for the bill to be read for the first time and for it to be engaged with the finance committee for their consideration while we are on vacation,” a- he declared.

Parliament is taking a month’s break from tomorrow before reconvening for another month. The House adjourns indefinitely (sine die) on June 9 to pave the way for the August 9 general election.

“This is a call to the House to shorten the timeline for passage of this bill. Time is not on our side. We are taking recess on Thursday and when we return we will deal with the 2022 Appropriation Bill before breaking sine die on Thursday, June 9,” the Majority Leader said.

Garissa Township MP Aden Duale said the reduced publication period would allow the Finance and National Planning Committee chaired by Homa Bay MP Gladys Wanga to consult with Kenyans while lawmakers are on holiday.

“This will allow them to consult as many people as possible because the bill affects ordinary citizens in terms of the price of unga, wheat and bread.

“We will allow the committee to consult as many people as possible. By the time we return, they will have completed public consultations before we pass the bill,” Duale said.

The Treasury announced on Thursday that it was seeking to raise 50 billion shillings through a series of proposed tax measures.

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