President William Ruto’s government, according to Kisii Senator Richard Onyonka, has been an eye-opener for Kenyans.
Onyoka has cited the Finance Bill saying it will pass through parliament due to the numbers Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza alliance possesses in the House but it will make Kenyans understand that choices have consequences.
The senator said on Citizen TV’s Day Break that the law will help Kenyans comprehend the ramifications of Kenya Kwanza’s agenda and draw lessons for future elections.
“There is nothing that is going to happen, this bill will pass because the Kenya Kwanza team is the majority. The president is monitoring everything to make sure it passes,” Onyonka said.
“The president had a manifesto, and the joke we make amongst us at the opposition is how we wish Kenyans would give Ruto what he wants, Kenyans are complaining but they elected him. Let him even increase the tax to 100%; Kenyans need to understand choices have consequences.”
According to the senator, Kenyans would evaluate presidential candidates before voting in the future to thoroughly examine their agendas and how they affect the cost of living.
“Kenyans will now begin to look at a candidate when voting; what does the manifesto say? Right now, we do not vote for anything. The Kenyan public deserves what William Ruto is doing…,” Onyonka said.
The proposed Finance Bill, 2023 has triggered a storm in the country with hundreds of petitions being sent to Parliament to oppose it.
Among institutions that have opposed it include Law Society of Kenya, Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Federation of Kenya Employers, Civil Servants’ unions, Kenya Private Sector Alliance, and Institute of Economic Affairs.
The proposed law, among others, increases the National Hospital Insurance Fund and National Social Security Fund contribution, especially for high earners.