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Kalonzo offers reservations about pending Omtata Finance Bill petition

Monday, June 5th, 2023 05:24 | By
Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.
Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka. PHOTO/Courtesy

Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka yesterday voiced his misgivings over a challenge lodged in court by Busia Senator Okiya Omtata questioning the legality of parts of the contentious Finance Bill, 2023.

Kalonzo claimed that the Omtata petition may not produce the desired results depending on the ‘treatment’ it gets within and without the corridors of justice.

Addressing the congregants at Africa Inland Church (AIC) Kasina in Mlolongo, Machakos county yesterday, Kalonzo emphasised that the matter is of great public interest and should be treated accordingly if the over 40 million Kenyans are to get justice.

“We know this is a very weighty matter but I don’t trust the process because one person (petitioner) can be compromised to withdraw the matter or it gets unfair treatment or is halted in some suspicious manner. I am a Senior Counsel and I know all the dirty games that may ensue,” warned Kalonzo.

In what appears to be an early warning to the Judiciary some of whose previous judgments have been criticized by the opposition, Kalonzo said that Kenyans were at a point of no return and deserved justice for posterity.

“Therefore, I don’t trust anyone on this matter, I only trust the sound judgment of the Kenyan people and we will keep on emphasizing on this issue. It should never be perceived as a ‘small thing,” said Kalonzo.

Bipartisan talks

He further stated that the Azimio Coalition will not take part in the bipartisan talks until the Kenya Kwanza side demonstrates ‘good faith’ in the process.

Kalonzo was accompanied by Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti who said that the country was heading down the wrong path owing to the punitive taxation measures advanced in the controversial bill.

Mavoko MP Patrick Makau on his part said the controversial bill was ill-timed and punitive to the already overburdened taxpayer.

Makau warned that if the bill is allowed to sail through the National Assembly, it will inflict more pain to the already suffering Kenyans.

Speaking during prize giving day on Saturday at Athi River Secondary School in Mavoko constituency Makau termed President William Ruto’s ideas as good but coming at the wrong time.

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