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Vol 59 No 19

Published 28th September 2018


Populists hack at the budget

Backbench Jubilee and Nasa MPs are ganging up against revenue plans by President Kenyatta and Raila Odinga

On Tuesday 18 September, President Uhuru Kenyatta's governing Jubilee party and the opposition (at least in name) National Super Alliance (Nasa), led by Raila Odinga, held separate emergency parliamentary group meetings with one common aim: to marshal their MPs to support a revised budget for the current financial year (July 2018 to June 2019). The most pressing need was to ensure that they approved a highly unpopular value added tax on petrol and petroleum products.

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