A section of Mount Kenya leaders has appealed to the government to reduce taxation on several basic commodities so as to boost economic growth in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.
The Service Party (TSP) leader Mwangi Kiunjuri, Buuri Member of Parliament Rindikiri Mugambi and Laikipia Senator John Kinyua on Sunday said the virus has affected the economy and led to loss of jobs among Kenyans.
“I am appealing to the government of Kenya to reduce taxation on basic commodities so as to revive the economy as the country battles Covid-19. Kenyans are suffering because of increased price of fuel and therefore making life harder for the common mwananchi,” Kiunjuri said.
Mugambi called on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration to uplift the livelihood of citizens and cushion them from high taxation.
“It is evident that this government has no mercy for Kenyan citizens. The Jubilee government should focus on making life easier for the citizens instead of increasing its revenue through taxation of various commodities,” the Buuri MP said.
The Senator said lowering taxation on commodities like fuel would uplift the standard of living of Kenyans.
“We are appealing to the government to lower fuel prices as this will lead to lowering of other basic commodities like flour and bus fare,” Kinyua said.
Kiunjuri said he would use TSP to support Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential bid next year.
“The only politicians in Central Kenya who are my seniors in the political arena are Mr Kiraitu Murungi and Ms Martha Karua. Just like them, I have acquired enough political experience for many years and, therefore, I will use TSP to support Ruto’s race to State House,” the former Agriculture Cabinet Secretary said.
Kiunjuri said formation of various political coalitions would not help in winning the next general elections.
“Kenyans are learned and are able to choose their leaders wisely. Forming many political coalitions will not convince them otherwise. If anything, coalitions have been formed in the past and betrayed the people of Kenya,” Kiunjuri said.
“I am urging Kenyans to join TSP and also pray for me. I have always been truthful in my political career and that is why the DP and President have trust in me,” he added.
However, Mugambi said the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party, which is affiliated to the Deputy President, has not settled on any presidential running mate.
“I am in UDA and we have not yet selected a running mate for the DP. We are still preparing ourselves and ensuring that we get enough membership countrywide,” Mugambi said.
The three leaders spoke at PCEA Timau church in Meru County during a fundraising ceremony.