The Rift Valley Council of elders is now calling on President Uhuru Kenyatta to listen to the outcry of Kenyans concerning the high fuel prices and intervene in the situation.
Addressing media in Nakuru led by Patron Gilbert Kabage, the elders say this is not time to implement the 16% VAT on fuel owing to the harsh economic crisis facing Kenyans.
Kabage also slammed the Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich for the move he took in the whole situation that has left Kenyans suffering.
“This is not the time to increase tax on fuel as all other commodities will be affected and Kenyans will remain to suffer. We therefore call on President that when he returns from China he signs the amendments passed by Parliament” said Kabage.
According to the Rift Valley Council of elders, Kenya’s economy needs to be stable in order to impose such additional levy on fuel and other commodities.
Meanwhile, the elders have also spoken on the recent visit of British Prime Minister Theresa May into the country saying it may be a boost to the Kenya’s development agenda owing to the discussions they made.
However they are concerned that the issue of Mau Mau fighters did not feature in the talks between the two leaders.
According to the elders, it was the right time for the duo to discuss on the same and the welfare of the fighters whose case was pending at British court.
According to the elders, if the case was thrown out of court as it stands due to the lapse of timelines then the government of Kenya should take the initiative of compensating the fighters who are still alive as well as the families of those who died.
“Our appeal is for the government to look on how it can compensate the freedom fighters since the case was thrown out of court” said Kabage.
PHOTO/Rift Valley council of elders led by Patron Gilbert Kabage at a past Press briefing.