James Orengo, the governor of Siaya
James Orengo, the governor of Siaya.

James Orengo, the governor of Siaya, has pleaded with lawmakers to take into account the public's concerns over Finance Bill 2023.

Orengo said that approval of Kenya Kwanza's proposed tax increases would add to the burden being placed on taxpayers, who are already experiencing the effects of inflation.

Orengo begged lawmakers and other elected officials not to abandon the public throughout the bill's planned debate next week while addressing attendees at the funeral of Patrick Obuong' Wandare in Gem Constituency. 

He added that taxpayers are already feeling the strain and that authorising Kenya Kwanza's hike in tax recommendations would further burden them.

"Kenyans who gave the MPS authority are stressed out from the many taxes and watching to see whether people in positions of power would desert them when they are in need," he added.

The governor warned MPs not to believe the lies the Kenya Kwanza government was spreading because doing so would result in more problems for the country.

"Let our National Assembly brothers discuss and make a decision following the public's request. 

"Legislators must pay attention if we are to get what we want in the amendment bill. It will be able to assist economic development if we make changes, "according to Orengo.

"We'll be riveted to national television the next week to see how the MPs are discussing the budget bill," adding that they should put Kenyans' interests and objectives above their own.

The deadline for the bill's passage is June 30, which falls on the same day that the Appropriation Law, 2023, is put into effect.

The 84-clause bill aims to change numerous tax laws and associated legislation to broaden the tax base and enable the Kenya Revenue Authority to raise more money, particularly from regions that have historically not made a significant contribution to the nation's tax base.

Orengo supported the assembly's attempt to oust Siaya Deputy Governor William Oduol, and Siaya Speaker George Okode joined him.

"I would like to encourage the Siaya people to have faith in the legislative body, saying that the issues we are dealing with in the chambers are official and so anyone making protests at the burials over our decision is simply wasting their time," said Okode.

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