Africa-Press – Kenya. Leader of Minority in the National Assembly Opiyo Wandayi has asked MPs to use their powers to rid the country of taxes that have become a burden to Kenyans
He said legislators need to ensure that the national budgeting is “realistic and based on realistic revenue projections.”
“I want to appeal to all of us, regardless of our parties, to ask themselves, to what extent can we support taxation policies that are clearly hurting our people?”
Wandayi said MPs have the mandate to force the Executive to act on complaints from Kenyans.
“When our people say they cannot afford basics like unga, don’t we have the power, responsibility and mandate to force the Executive to act on those complaints? Are we that powerless to be sent by the people to speak and act for them only for us to do nothing?” he posed.
Wandayi said Kenyans feel MPs have abandoned them and gone to bed with an Executive that is increasingly being seen to be turning its back on the people.
“The Constitution of Kenya 2010 enhanced our power in the approval and oversight of the Budget,” he pointed out.
The lawmaker made the remarks during a post-election seminar for members of the National Assembly at a Mombasa hotel.
“At this forum and back in Nairobi, we must agree on how to work for the people, and not for ourselves or the Executive,” he stated.
Wandayi further added that Kenyans are hoping MPs might come up with solutions to the many problems they are facing.
“From escalating food prices, to escalating cost of secondary education, to rising cost of electricity, paraffin and fuel to lingering questions about the credibility of the just-concluded general elections, Kenyans have concerns, doubts and fears that we must respond to,” he said.
The MP said the current Parliament should not be remembered for doing nothing about the suffering of the people.
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