Kilifi County Woman Representative Gertrude Mbeyu is among few leaders allied to the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance Alliance, and who attended President William Ruto’s meeting on Friday in the county.
In her remarks, the lawmaker was sincere that she opposed the Finance Bill 2023, especially on the increase of VAT on fuel from 8 per cent to 16 per cent.
She however said her work is in parliament and meeting with her electorates, and not the streets, remarks she made in reference to the recently held anti-government demos by the Azimio coalition.
Recognizing Ruto as the Head of State, Mbeyu implored upon the president to look at the interests of women in her county.
“I am firmly in opposition, and I am here because I was invited by CS Aisha Jumwa, so that we can talk about the development of our county. I am not here for opposition politics, we do that in parliament.”
“As the opposition in parliament, we must correct the government on what its doing wrongly. That is why Your Excellency I opposed the Finance Bill because it was pushing for increase of prices of fuel, and the boda boda riders in Kilifi are hurting. We must say the truth,” said the ODM lawmaker.
Her remarks however comes at a time when the Court of Appeal has lifted the suspension of the implementation of the Finance Act 2023 by the High Court.
Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah and who is on the front line in opposing the Act, said that he will be moving to the higher court to ensure that the Act is repealed, on claims that it is going against some clauses of the 2010 Constitution.
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