Blow to state as court suspends implementation of Finance act 2023

The High Court has suspended the implementation of the entire Finance Act 2023, pending the determination of a petition filed by Senator Okiya Omtatah and six other activists.

In conservatory orders issued by Justice Mugure Thande on Friday, the State was directed to file a response by Tuesday, July 4.

The orders effectively stop the government from levying any taxes under the new Act, including the 8 per cent VAT increment on fuel set to take effect Saturday.

President Ruto signed the Bill on Monday after the National Assembly adopted his tax proposals despite concerns from civil society and the Opposition Azimio coalition.

Azimio leader Raila Odinga has already announced protests against the new Act from July 7, accusing President William Ruto of ignoring the plight of Kenyans.

“The president does not listen to Kenyans. He does not care and that is why we must go to the streets because that is the only language he understands,” Raila told a rally in Kamukunji grounds on Tuesday.

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