National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders have backtracked on an earlier decision to not to support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s proposal to have the 16pc fuel tax reduced to 8%.
The decision comes after a three hour NASA Parliamentary Group meeting with party leader Raila Odinga at Orange House on Tuesday morning.
“In light of the need to address the suffering of the people while ensuring that development is also delivered, we recognise and appreciate that there was bilateral support for our attempt to remove VAT altogether and the president was able to meet us half way by lowering the tax from 16 to eight percent,” the MPs said in a joint statement read by National Assembly Minority Whip Junet Mohammed.
The leaders listed several demands that they would like the government to oblige to failure to which they will withdraw their support.
The leaders have asked the State to eliminate extravagant travel expenditure, with one the cases cited as that of leaders who only fly First Class because of “certain medical conditions.”
“Nasa therefore offers its conditional support for the initiative to cut VAT from the initial 16 percent to eight.”