Protesters Win Reprieve As Kenya Suspends Tax Increases

Protesters Win

Protesters stormed the streets of Nairobi, shutting down the parliament on Tuesday over the finance bill that proposes some taxes on cars, including 16 per cent tax on bread.

To settle Kenya’s national debt estimated to be about $80 billion, reduce borrowings and boost revenue, Mr Ruto introduced several taxes since he assumed office in 2022.

The latest tax hike sparked widespread protests as Kenyans lamented the high cost of living, while police clamped down on protesters, arresting over 200 of them.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Chairman of the parliament finance committee, Kuria Kimani, announced reversal of the taxes to douse tension in the country.”

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