Releaf as Bungoma High Court Stops 16% Tax on Fuel

New fuel Prices to take effect from September 1st amid roars by Kenyans
New fuel Prices to take effect from September 1st amid roars by Kenyans

Bungoma High Court on Tuw September issued temporary orders stopping the implementation of the VAT tax that has sparked a public outcry over new fuel prices.

The case was stopped by three Kisumu inhabitants who sued Treasury CS Henry Rotich over the levy.


Addressing the media after a closed meeting with the National Assembly on Monday, Rotich promised that an agreement on the levy would be reached soon.

Also present in the meeting was Attorney General Paul Kihara, other top members of the Executive and Speaker Justin Muturi.

The increment effected earlier in the week caused a boycott by some oil marketers resulting in fuel shortage across the country.

On Monday, activist Okiya Omtatah moved to court to challenge the 16% VAT noting the bill has negative impacts that will lead to protests from the public.

A similar case was filed by COTU, through which the Secretary General Francis Atwoli, who indicated that the tax will increase the cost of living.

Through a press release, KRA moved to implement the levy after the Treasury CS disregarded a motion passed by Parliament to suspend it.

Rotich mentioned that it will supplement tax revenue sources considering the huge consumption of petroleum products in the economy.

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